Anonymous
When I used the urinal, I didn't flush it before I used it. A drop of old urine splashed into my eye. I didn't explicitly see blood in the urinal but I didn't pay much attention. There could have been traces of blood, I am not sure. It was dark urine. Am I at risk of catching HIV because of this incident?
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It sounds like you are concerned about a drop of old urine that splashed into your eye.

In this incident there is No risk of catching HIV. HIV is a human to human virus and for successful transmission to occur there needs to be a direct route from one person into the bloodstream of another.

Urine is not one of the body fluids known to contain HIV. If you are concerned that there could have been traces of blood (you mention it was dark urine), please be reassured that HIV once exposed to air becomes intransmissible, and therefore also poses no risk.

Please have a look at our[ Risk Assessment ](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart)Chart to give you some idea of common activities and the risks they present.

I hope this information is helpful!

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline

Best in Health!

Roel


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