Anonymous
Basically I was going to toilet (in my own toilet) and I sat down to go pee and I wiped my vagina as I pulled the tissue up I saw some dry red thing on the tissue which I assume is blood and I panicked. It was 100% dry and I'm not even sure that it touched my vagina but if it did could I get hiv? I don't live with anyone with hiv but people do use my toilet. Do I need testing since I was exposed to blood? I've read online that people are saying if your exposed to any blood your at risk even if it is dry and it takes hours to completely die. Thanks a lot
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I am happy to answer your questions.

To put it simply, no, you are not at risk for HIV transmission. This is because of 2 things:

1) Although blood is a bodily fluid that may contain HIV, in this case it was dried. The HIV virus actually dies rapidly when it is exposed to air. Therefore, it would pose no risk to you. Please note that the blood doesn't even have to be dried to not be a risk- any blood exposed to air is not able to transmit the virus under normal conditions.

2) The virus, even if it were present, would have no way of entering your bloodstream. The anus does provide access, but merely wiping it with toilet paper is not a cause for concern.

For the reasons listed above, you do not need testing. However, if it would put your mind at ease, you are able to get a test after 12 weeks post-exposure to determine your conclusive HIV status.

I hope I have answered your questions and provided you with some comfort. If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to post here again or visit our website http://www.aidsvancouver.org.

Sincerely,

Caroline

Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline

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