Anonymous
I bought a Sex toy from a store in surrey. I opened it when i arrived home and used it on myself by inserting it into my anus. after this i started worrying because the store was sketchy and i am worrying that maybe it was repackaged and could have got hiv. can someone give me some insight i am reading all different kinds of articles on the internet and have no idea what to believe.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. We are pleased to assist you.

We hope the information we provide about using sex toys may bring some relief to you. To begin, we would like to let you know that using unshared sex toys has never demonstrated to lead to an individual acquiring HIV. We noticed that you mentioned you had purchased the sex toy recently and used it after opening it yourself, and believe this is a strong indication that the sex toy has not been used previously. So again, using an unshared sex toy as you have described is considered a no-risk activity for acquiring HIV.

We would like to add it is unlikely for HIV to be acquired even if the sex toy had been repackaged since, HIV cannot be passed on after bodily fluids have been exposed to the air. Using shared sex toys (with a condom) is considered a negligible-risk activity since, there has never been a confirmed report of HIV being acquired through this activity when risk factors are present (e.g. broken condom/inadequate condom use/the presence of another STI).

We understand that there is a lot of HIV-related information out there and commend you for taking the initiative to get informed. We always suggest discussing any questions and concerns that may arise with your local healthcare professional, who is best equipped to explain how the information available may apply to you. We encourage you to contact the AIDS Vancouver Helpline again, or call us (604)253-0566 ext 299 for immediate assistance with general inquiries. Additionally, we invite all residents of British Columbia to contact our Health Promotion Case Management team (604)812-2838 to learn even more about how to decrease your vulnerability and risk of acquiring HIV.

For future reference, we have included the following link, which provides Canadian guidelines about how to keep your sex toys safe-for-use: http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Libraries/TOPIC_SexualHealth/Sex_Toy_Stories.sflb.ashx

Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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