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Hello! A really gross thing happened today, I was using the bathroom and when i was about to wipe i noticed spots of blood on the toilet paper. I accidentally touched this blood with my hands. However i was wondering where the blood came from because the spots kept getting larger as i unrolled more of the toilet paper. Finally squished IN this roll of toilet paper was a mosquito, I have no clue how it got in between sheets and sheets of paper!

My concern is i used this roll of toilet paper to wipe both of my private areas if the blood the mosquito sucked was hiv positive what are my chances of getting hiv? what if there were some cuts in my private areas from shaving ? and what are my chances from touching the paper? I know i probably sound so ridiculous but I'm honestly so freaked out. And for future freakouts i may have, how long does hiv live out of the body example on surfaces or clothes? i see SO much different answers to this and it makes me so unsure !Thank you in advance for answering my crazy question!
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Anonymous
Hi there! Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions/concerns. We're happy to help!

I'm sorry that you experienced a bit of a scare during this situation, I hope I can help to ease your worries.

I'm happy to let you know that there's No Risk in this situation. There are a couple different reasons for that.

1) First off, mosquitos cannot acquire or transmit HIV! Although certain types of mosquitos can transmit other viruses like malaria or west nile, they are incapable of acquiring or transmitting HIV. this is therefore a no risk!

2) Even if it was human blood, it still would be no risk, because HIV is a weak virus that cannot survive outside of the body. Once it's exposed to the outside environment it is damaged and inactivated and can no longer be passed on. While it's hard to assign an exact amount of time that this takes to occur, scientists say it is a rather immediate process. More practically, it has not been observed under any circumstances to acquire HIV from inanimate objects, due to this inactivation.

3) The cuts that you have wouldn't be a concern, because they would not provide direct access to the bloodstream. In order to do this, a wound needs to be large enough to be gushing blood or to need immediate medical attention such as stitches.

There are no stupid or ridiculous questions, don't worry about that, but I hope this question helped you to understand and to ease your worries!

Check out our website and avert.org for more reliable HIV information!

Sincerely,

Christina

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