Anonymous
Just a quick question.What is the possibility of HIV transmission if I touched the cover of a dumpster or garbage can and then I touched my penis perhaps the tip without washing my hands.Some people could have thrown some used condoms there with infected fluids and could have come in contact with the cover and could have been passed from my hands to the tip of my penis? Thank you so much.
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting us with your HIV questions, we're happy to help!

I'm happy to let you know that this is a No Risk situation. This is simply because HIV is a delicate virus that cannot survive outside of the human body. What this means is that once it's outside of the body and exposed to the general environment, it becomes damaged and inactivated, and can no longer be passed on. This means that any bodily fluids on inanimate objects (like the garbage can), your hands, etc, no longer pose a risk to you!

This transmission equation might help to make it clear:


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
I hope this helped! Please check out our website or avert.org for more reliable HIV information.

Sincerely,

Christina


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