Anonymous
Three weeks ago, I bought a masturbator and a warming device (like a plug) from a store. I found there are some dry white spots on the surface of the warming device. But I didn't clean them and used them 1 hour after I bought it. If there is some dry semen or vaginal fluid from an HIV carrier on the surface of the masturbator and the warming device, do I have any risk to be infected by HIV?
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from a sex toy. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

HIV transmission occurs when bodily fluid containing HIV has *direct access to the bloodstream* of an individual through a High Risk activity.

In this scenario there is a possibility of bodily fluid from another person as you described finding white spots on the sex toy. It is important to keep in mind that when bodily fluid is exposed to the environment it quickly becomes inactive (1). In this case, since you bought the item it is safe to say that the amount of time of the item being exposed to the environment was significant enough to render any bodily fluid that contains HIV to be inactive.

It is recommended to engage in safety measures when used sex toys such as cleaning the toys after every use. You may consider only using the sex toy on yourself if possible; or if sharing with a partner, using a condom on the toy between usages with partner.

In general, sex toys are not sold as used items. This would mean that the concern of the dry white spots could be excess plastic/material used to make the sex toys.

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle

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