Anonymous
In one of our corporate seminars, I was told that HIV is transmitted among men through opening in his penis or the urethra.During urination, men may at times touch his penis as well as the tip. In some public restroom, our hands might not be so clean and could come in contact with lots of things on the surfaces, is HIV transmission possible in this situation such as mine when I went to pee in a not so clean toilet and in the process I touched the tip of my penis without really washing my hands and could have touched something with HIV in the surface? Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

It sounds like you're concerned about HIV transmission through contact with unclean surfaces in public restrooms.

The situation that you have described is considered a No Risk situation. HIV is a very delicate virus. Upon contact with air, it becomes damaged and is no longer to transmit. This means that any fluid, dried or otherwise, that you would touch on a surface (such as in a public washroom) poses no risk for HIV transmission, because the virus is no longer able to transmit.

I hope I was able to answer your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

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Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

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