Anonymous
I was using the toilet bowl this afternoon, and I noticed dried silicone glue at the front of the toilet seat. The silicone glue came from my father, since he was repairing the bathroom earlier this week, so I was wondering if silicone glue can hold HIV and if it can transmit HIV to you if you have any scratches and/or cuts in your groin area or other parts of your body. Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions. We're happy to help!

To answer your question, no, this is not a method of transmission for HIV, and is considered a no risk situation. HIV is a very delicate virus, and cannot survive for long outside of the human body. Once is it exposed to the air, the virus becomes damaged and is no longer able to transmit. Moreover, silicone glue is not an environment that can sustain the virus.

Furthermore, in order for a cut or wound to pose as a risk for HIV, the cut needs to be gushing blood and require immediate and professional medical attention. A small cut that does not match this description would not provide direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream, and thus would not be a risk for HIV transmission.

I hope I was able to answer your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer


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