Anonymous
Dear Helpline , Three or four months ago , I accidentally wiped my vagina with toilet tissues contain blood in the public toilet, what is my risk to be infected to blood born infections such as HIV , I am really frightened and scared for my stupid acts. Thank you for your time and respond my concerns
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline with your HIV Related concerns.

I understand that you're worried about your bathroom incident, hopefully this information will be able to help you.

In terms of your exposure, this would be considered No Risk. The reason for this is that even if there was blood on the toilet tissues, it would have been exposed to air. When HIV Virus is exposed to air, it can no longer be passed on.

Attached here is a Transmission Equation for HIV showing that all 3 categories are necessary to be present for transmission risk:

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

Check it out as it may be helpful for other situations.

Additionally, check out our website at [aidsvancouver.org](aidsvancouver.org) for more information regarding HIV!

Thanks again for your great question! I hope I was able to help.

Sincerely,

Christina

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