Anonymous
Okay, I have one final question to what you told me (I thank you for replying to my initial question). I forgot to mention that though the bulk of the tissue was on the floor, a long and dried piece of the same tissue (unbroken tissue) was hanging down off of the top of the toilet bowl's front part (which I had described in my initial question)---a strip of tissue, if you will. Again, it's usually where folks dribble urine at. Again, the tissue seem dried up (it might've been wet), but suppose if there was HIV-infected fluids on that dried piece of tissue when I kicked it down and "tossed" it---along with rest of the tissue that was on the floor--with my toes? Would I be at risk of HIV, if I have cuts on my toes and the bottoms of my feet?
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Anonymous
Hello,

Since the virus does not survive easily once exposed to air, and the ability to transmit is greatly reduced outside the body, contact with the tissue and your foot is not a means to HIV to pass to you. Being barefoot may expose you to other hazards but in this case not HIV.

I have included the HIV Transmission Equation which should help to outline the way in which HIV is transferred from one person to another:
HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• 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


I hope this helps to address your concern.

Please contact the Helpline again if you have other HIV related questions.

In Health,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer
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