Anonymous
I just used the bathroom about 30 minutes ago, and when I was wiping my bottom, I thought that I saw dried blood on the toilet paper. I looked at it, and I thought that perhaps it came from me, since I have been constipated lately, but I didn't see blood in my feces when I was wiping myself (I didn't look in the toilet though). I am reading conflicting information online about HIV risk from blood on toilet paper, and I was wondering if I should get tested in 3 months---assuming it was blood---or if I'm okay and don't have to get tested. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi and thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Based on the information you have provided, there appears to be no risk of HIV transmission. You do not know if the blood came from your own body, but if it had already been on the toilet paper, the risk was very low. Once the virus is exposed to air the ability to be transmitted is significantly reduced. There are no reported cases of HIV passing from an inanimate object, such as the toilet paper, to a person.

It's up to you regarding your decision to be tested, but in this situation I do not see a need for you to be tested for HIV.

I hope this addresses your concern. If you have other HIV related questions please contact the Helpline again. If you would like to research HIV transmission you may wish to look at http://www.catie.ca .

In Health,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer
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