Anonymous
Hello,
Basically I was at someone's house and dropped something in the toilet and I had to pick it out with my bare hands. Is this a risk for hiv? Incase anything was in the water, I didn't have any open wounds etc and washed my hands thoroughly after.
Thanks.
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Anonymous
Hello, thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver helpline forum.

It seems like you are distressed about being at risk for HIV after having to pick something from the toilet. You have taken the right approach for your health concern by contacting us.

There is No Risk for HIV in your situation. In order to be at risk for HIV, HIV+ fluids must come into direct contact with the blood stream. You didn't have any open wounds which means that there was no direct contact with your bloodstream. The open wounds would also have to be so severe that they require medical attention.
Also, if there was blood in the toilet water or any other bodily fluids like vaginal fluids or rectal secretion, it would not contain active HIV. HIV is active only within the body.
If you were also in contact with feces or urine, you are at No Risk for HIV, because contact with feces or urine has never been demonstrated to lead to HIV infection.

If you still feel nervous about having acquired HIV, please talk to your health care specialist. Also, if you live in BC, you can get a HIV test done at most hospitals.

I hope we have helped alleviate some discomfort. Please feel free to use our website for more information about HIV.


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