Anonymous
Hello,
I was wonder that,lets hypothetically say, i showered in water which contained bodily fluids which could transmit HIV and that water comes from a small tank. Is there a risk of transmission? Im paranoid because ive directly exposed the water to my anus and i understand thats one route of transmission.
Thanks.
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquisition of HIV from showering in contaminated water (containing bodily fluids). From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk. Transmission of HIV is not possible with the given scenario (No exchange of bodily fluids). HIV is not transmitted by: swimming pools or bath water, hugging, touching, shaking hands, coughing or sneezing, sharing toilets, food, utensils or dishes, sharing linens, towels or clothing, insects or animals.

In order to acquire HIV the following conditions must be met:

There must be HIV present in a bodily fluid. The five bodily fluids that carry the HIV virus include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions.
The bodily fluid containing HIV must have direct access to the bloodstream. This can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles.
Transmission occurs through a high, low, or negligible risk activity in which the first two conditions are met. For example: condom less sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding).

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

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, (Vardah )

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