Anonymous
I was masterbating im my office toilet, while doing so my penis touched toilet seat & there was semen which was not mine, as I had not ejaculated till that time.
Since there was exchange of fluids & direct contact can this cause Hiv infection

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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

We are happy to help answer your question and provide an explanation to give you a better idea about how HIV transmission happens. In short, there is no-risk of acquiring HIV associated with your exposure. Here's why:

* any body fluids (e.g. semen) present in the washroom have been *exposed to the air*, and cannot pass on HIV
* the urethra*
  • in the penis] *does not provide direct access to the bloodstream* when it is not contained inside the human body (e.g. inside anus/vagina).
    * there was
    no high-risk activity present in your exposure

    For a risk of HIV transmission to exist, 3/3 parts must be present in an exposure:

    HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


    BODY FLUID
    +
    ACTIVITY
    +
    DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
    ---------- -------- ----------------------------
    • 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

    During high-risk activities, body fluids can be exchanged through any of the above-mentioned body parts. For example:

    During unprotected sexual intercourse:

    *
    body fluids (e.g. vaginal fluids) surround the urethra [in the penis] and are *not exposed to the air*. When friction occurs, the urethra [in the penis] may absorb the *unexposed body fluids* and enable HIV transmission; that is an example of direct access to the bloodstream.

    We trust we have answered your question and hope we have provided some relief to you. You may consider looking at our [Risk Chart to see what activities are likely, and not likely, of transmitting HIV. 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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