Anonymous
Hello,

I have a new roommate with whom I share my bathroom. He is sexually very active and I don't know his status, is there an issue of any kind using the same bathroom facilities, toilet etc?

Secondly,

I masturbated (By myself) and I only wiped my hands with a napkin and with some sanitizer, about an hour later I prepared a sandwich for my friend (with my hands) Is there some kind of risk for my friend there?

I actually tested negative two weeks ago and I haven t had intercourse for months now.But I do get paranoid over "non existent" risks such as sharing a bathroom with my new friend? Would the sanitizer "kill" hiv from my hands after masturbating?

Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission from shared bathroom facilities. You are also concerned about HIV transmitting through a sandwich you prepared for your friend after you had masturbated.

Both of the situations that you have described are No Risk situations. Here are some of the reasons why:

* HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. It cannot be transmitted to you by an object or food. This means that you cannot get HIV from shared bathroom facilities (toilet, shower, towel sink, etc), and you cannot transmit HIV to your friend in a sandwich.

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. This means that any fluids containing HIV on any bathroom facilities or in the sandwich have been outside of the body, exposed to oxygen and therefore can no longer transmit.

* Saliva has an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV. Any food in your friend's mouth would come into contact with saliva that contains this enzyme.

* HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream or your friends bloodstream in either situation.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

  • Smart Sex Resource


  • HIV Basics


  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary
    AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online
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