Anonymous
Hello and thank you for reading my question.

Before arriving to a house party, I popped a pimple on my finger just below the nail and it pussed and bleed a little. Shortly after arriving to the party I was subconsciously scratching at it with another finger on the same hand and went to the restroom without thinking. After finishing, I lowered the toilet seat and the pimple (may have been actively bleeding) came into contact with a fluid on the toilet seat. (I believe it was probably urine left from someone shortly before me but it could have been semen or really anything...I know it wasn't blood though) The hole to the pimple was maybe 2-3 mm wide.

What are the risks from acquiring HIV from this situation? Or Hep C, or anything? Am I just making a mountain out of a mole hill? Please help!!
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about your risk of HIV acquisition from contact between an open pimple and fluid on a toilet seat.

From the information give, this scenario is determined to be No risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario). Bodily fluids that have been exposed to environmental surfaces provide No Risk. This is because HIV drying or outside of the body undergoes a rapid reduction in concentration, and does not survive long outside the host (1).

Further, urine is not considered to be a viable fluid for HIV transmission without a considerable amount of blood present (2).

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody
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