Anonymous
Hi,

When you state that HIV cannot survive very long outside, what if that HIV fluid was put into the toilet water just seconds before I used the toilet and thus splashed up into anus. Still no risk even if just seconds?

Question:
Hi

I hate using public washrooms to take a poop but I had too in this case. As I let loose water from the toilet splashed into my anus hole. What if the person before me masturbated or bled into toilet and now mixed with water the blood or semen entered my anus. Am I at risk for HIV and why or why not?

Answer:
Greetings,

First and foremost, although we try not to deal in hypothetical's, even if an HIV positive body fluid was present in the toilet water, the virus would have been killed off once it was exposed to oxygen and toilet water. HIV cannot survive outside the human body for very much time at all, even in the best of circumstances.

Fortunately, HIV does not transmit easily, and we cannot get it from any scenario's in a public toilet that don't directly involved sexual contact with someone else.
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Anonymous
Hello again,

HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that needs to stay in a living human host in order to survive and replicate itself. Once HIV+ fluids exit the body, it can no longer provide the same environment for the virus to survive.
Since HIV is extremely sensitive to changes in the external environment (e.g. temperature, light, wind, etc.), the virus cannot survive for more than a few seconds.

In your situation, there is absolutely no risk for acquiring HIV.

All the best,

Tina
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