Anonymous
Hi there,

I do not want to sound so trivial but few days ago, I travelled out of the country and stayed in a budget hotel for a couple of days.The thing here is that the restroom is shared by several people.I was brushing my teeth while I was naked after showering since it was late night.Somehow, my penile urethra brushed briefly with sink which is already a bit wet.We'll the wetness is probably due to water but then I was not sure.Should I be concerned about any risk for HIV in this situation? I do not know if the wetness was just due to water alone or some body fluids from someone could have been there before I used the restroom. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question.

Your question is on whether HIV is transmitted by casual contact.

When the HIV virus is exposed to air it is no longer transmittable and for that reason HIV is not transmitted by coming in contact with suspicious items or surfaces. In the activity that you described if the virus was on that surface then due to the fact that it has been exposed to air then it could not transmit. HIV does not survive outside the body. The activity that you have just described there is no risk of transmission. The following transmission equation will show you the activities that are normally associated with HIV transmission.

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
You can read postings related to your question on our forum page. We update this daily. You can also get additional information on HIV transmission from the following sources. [CATIE](http://catie.ca/en/basics/hiv-and-aids#how), [CDC](http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html) and thebody.com. If you have further questions feel free to contact us again.


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