Anonymous
Hello, I'm a guy who has a weird fetish for used pads and I occasionally use the sanitary pads found in the bins of public toilets to masturbate. I know this is a little messed up but I'm trying to stop it. I just get very worried every time I do it so I'd like to ask for some help.
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Anonymous
Hi there, thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for HIV and AIDS related information.

With respect to HIV you are at no risk. As soon as the virus is exposed to the air the virus dies immediately, so if you were to come into contact with any HIV positive blood the virus would be dead and unable to infect.

You are at risk however for Hepatitis, which are viruses that can survive outside the human body for a longer period of time. You may therefore want to consider getting tested for Hepatitis A, B and C.

With respect to your fetish, if you would like some support you may want to consider consulting your physician or health care professional who will be able to provide you with some help.

I hope that answers your question, if you have any further questions please feel free to contact us again.

In health,

Arne, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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