Anonymous
As a germaphobe, I often find myself using rubbing alcohol to clean and sanitize things. Earlier this week, I was off put by using a public bathroom. When I arrived at my place of work, I found a bottle of rubbing alcohol with a little left, and proceeded to use it on my thighs and genital area. However, after the fact, I realized that this bottle could have been here for an unknown amount of time, and could be contagious with anything. Should I be concerned.
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of HIV transmission from using rubbing alcohol. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the [HIV Transmission Equation](www.aidswindsor.org/healthy-me/hiv-transmission/). It does not satisfy the equation because there is no direct access to the bloodstream. HIV exposed to oxygen outside of the body is considered inactive [1].

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, Carson



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