Anonymous
Hello

I live with a friend who is constantly on her period and we share the toilet. sorry for too much information but as I went and used the toilet after bowel movement, the water in the toilet splashed on my anus. and I can see old stains of blood in the toilet bowel. I'm not sure if they're blood or what but they look red, brownish..anyways..is this a risky situation for me?
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for contacting AIDS Vancouver for HIV/AIDS- related information.

The short answer is no, this is definitely not a risky situation. Let me explain why:

For HIV transmission to occur, body fluids containing HIV (i.e. blood, semen, vaginal fluids) require direct access to your bloodstream. This is typically through activities like sharing needles or unprotected anal/vaginal intercourse.

Although it can be strong within our bodies, HIV is weak virus outside of it. It cannot live on surfaces or in water, as it dies within a minute of exposure to oxygen. So it is not possible to pass it through the toilet, and water splash puts you at no risk. HIV is not transmitted through the skin alone.

I hope I've answered your question. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Best,

Maggie

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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