Ben
Few days ago , I had a sexual relationship with a guy and before the encounter , I used his shower shot to douche. I washed it before but right now , I'm asking myself if I might have exposed myself to HIV cause besides him , I don't know if other people have used it as well . The sex was safe by the way. Can you give me some information about that ?
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of HIV transmission from presumably using a shower shot that was used by other individuals. From the information provided, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The reason why sharing the same shower shot does not pose a risk for HIV transmission is due to the fact that even if there were any HIV particles on the shower shot, HIV (contained in a body fluid such as blood) is extremely sensitive to the outer environment. Exposure to oxygen in an environment outside of the body causes HIV to undergo a rapid reduction in concentration (1). From the CDC, HIV that may be contained in a fluid (e.g. blood, semen, pre-cum, etc.), has a rapid (within several hours) reduction in concentration of 90-99% (1). Therefore even if there was bodily fluid from other people on that same plastic rod, you are not at risk of HIV transmission due to the fact that any HIV positive particles would have been inactivated.

It is worth mentioning however that anal sex, even with a condom, does have a Low Risk for HIV transmission. For the receptive partner, the thin lining of the rectum may allow HIV to enter the body during anal sex (2). For the insertive partner, HIV may enter the body through the opening at the tip of the penis (or urethra) or via small cuts, scratches, or open sores on the penis (2). It may be wise to consider using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) if you regularly engage in anal sex to decrease the possibility of HIV transmission.

Recommendation: Refer to a health care provider for HIV testing.

Best regards,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shirley

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Additional Resources:
(1) HIV Environmental Exposure
(2) Anal Sex and HIV Risk
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