Anonymous
Went to the toilet and proceeded to use the toilet paper. Before I used it however, I quickly washed hands with just tap water and quickly dried them with a nearby towel, probably not drying them completely. Then when I used the toilet paper, I felt something wet when I was applying it to my anus. Now, my initial reaction was that it was just water off my hands and I didn't think that if any fluid containing HIV whether it have been on my hand or on the paper would have died upon exposure to oxygen, so I'm probably stressing over nothing. Nevertheless, I'd very much appreciate some reassurance so I can stop myself from worrying even more. So, is it possible to get HIV from that sort of exposure?
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

It sounds like you're concerned about the risk of HIV transmission from surfaces in a public washroom.

The situation that you have described is considered a No Risk situation. HIV is a very delicate virus. Upon contact with air, it becomes damaged and is no longer to transmit. This means that any fluid, dried or otherwise, that you would touch on a surface (such as in a public washroom) poses no risk for HIV transmission, because the virus is no longer able to transmit.

I hope I have answered your questions, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

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Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

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