Anonymous
I am sorry for my English, and I would like to ask something which its really concerning me and scaring past two weeks and if you can please answer so I will see what to worry and what not.
I am living with 3 other housemates we study at same university, and I was on my period and went use bathroom, when I stand up I saw something like blood but it wasnt from me because it wasnt wet wet, it was kinda there for a time. I dont know my housemates if they are HIV positive or not, but I am scared if this is possible to transmit on me. Do I have a risk in this condition? I am really scared and cant sleep.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmitting during a specific situation. We're happy to answer that question for you.

There is no risk of HIV transmitting this way, for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is that HIV is a very fragile virus that, when exposed to the air, becomes unable to transmit. Second, we encourage you to check out our transmission equation to get a sense of what is required for HIV to transmit:
HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• 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'll see in the chart that required for transfer are activities known to be involved in transfer, and direct access to the bloodstream. Touching blood on a toilet seat does not involve an activity implicated in transfer, nor does it provide direct access to the bloodstream.

Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question. We hope our answer helps ease your worries a bit.

Thanks,

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline

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