Anonymous
I was taking a dump in my office toilet when I noticed that my penis tip was touching the toilet seat I had cleaned the toilet seat with a tissue paper before using it. I got really scared and cleaned up quickly and went out of the bathroom. The anxiety was eating me so I went back to the bathroom cleaned the toilet seat with the tissue paper again and sat down and saw if which part of the toilet bowl did my penis touch. I did this twice but every time I did it I cleaned the toilet with a tissue paper. I Am very scared and I want to know if I am at any kind of risk for this act as it is killing me. What if there was blood or semen present on the seat? I am getting very scared and please tell me if I am at any kind of risk for this situation.
Thank you .
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Anonymous
Hi there!
Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions and concerns. We are happy to help!

I understand you're concerned about the situation you encountered, and whether HIV transmission was possible. I hope my answer alleviates your anxiety

The situation you describe is No Risk. There are a couple reasons for this.

First of all, even if there was blood or semen present on the toilet seat, this would be exposed to air, and once HIV is exposed to air, it becomes damaged and can no longer be passed on. So that wouldn't pose a risk factor.

Second, HIV would need to have direct access to the blood stream, so either a wound large enough requiring medical attention, or the tip of the penis where the urethra is, but that requires direct bodily fluid contact, which isn't present on a toilet seat.

I am attaching the HIV transmission equation here (also available on our website, aidsvancouver.org) which makes it easier to visualize exactly what 3 components are necessary for transmission to even be possible:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
Hopefully this helped!
Sincerely,

Christina

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