Anonymous
Hello,

Can you catch HIV or other STD's from masturbating yourself after being on public transit (i.e. without washing your hands first) ?

Thank you
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. We are happy to help answer your questions.

Here at AIDS Vancouver, we give general information about HIV but cannot generalise for other STIs. In terms of HIV, masturbating after being on public transit (without washing your hands first) is considered no-risk since:

* any bodily fluids in the surrounding environment are exposed to the air

* you cannot acquire HIV from your own bodily fluids


We wish we could tell you more about other STIs, but here's a [great resource](http://smartsexresource.com/about-stis/stis-101) you may use to start a conversation with a healthcare professional about STIs. This website also features a live-chat-with-nurse during certain hours.


Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline

Sincerely,

Marta

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer


[AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline](www.helpline.aidsvancouver.org)


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