We are about to sell our house and therefore the realtor invites people for open houses almost every weekend.
I am concerned with the fact that if someone injects HIV fluid into a gel I use to treat hemorrhoids and also into Vaseline that we use to lube a rectal thermometer to take our daughters temperature. We used the Vaseline one to two hours after the open house and the gel 10 days after.
I am afraid that either of these ointments will contain HIV and infect us when using it for treating hemorrhoids and taking the temperature in rectum.
I have learned that HIV does not survive outside the body and dies when exposed to air / the environment? Is this true and does this also hold true in the situation described above? Would the gel and Vaseline work as an airtight environment and keep the virus alive for more than 1 hour? I have previously asked a question about HIV in Vaseline where you said it was a negligible risk. I have now provided some more information for you to hopefully be able to make an assessment.