Anonymous
I went to a hospital few days ago to have the annual physical examination for my company. The process went smooth and I then was asked to provide a urine for one of the tests. Basically, I used the toilet where there were lots of patients using it. When I am about to pee, I happened to touch the tip of my penis to place my urine in the container. I then thought that I did not wash my hands after travelling in a public transport, touching the door knobs and chairs and so I am worried if my hands may be unclean and if ever this action put me at risk for HIV transmission if I happened to touch surfaces with HIV viruses and transferred to myself when I touched the tip of my penis before I pee. Is this an HIV risk ? Thank you so much
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question.

Your question is on whether HIV is transmitted by casual contact.

When HIV is exposed to air it is no longer transmittable. In the activity that you described if the virus was on the surfaces that you touched before touching you penis then due to the fact that it has been exposed to air then it could not transmit. HIV does not survive outside the body. There is no risk of transmission from what you have described. The following transmission equation will show you the activities that are normally associated with HIV transmission.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
You can read postings related to your question on our forum page. We update this daily. You can also get additional information on HIV transmission from the following sources. [CATIE](http://catie.ca/en/basics/hiv-and-aids#how), [CDC](http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html) and thebody.com. If you have further questions feel free to contact us again.


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