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HIV Question
Mar 4, 2001

What makes it "imposible" to contract HIV from a toilet or other inanimate object which may have had bodily fluids. What conditions would have to exist in order to contract it, if you had a cut etc from urine on a toilet seat etc. Does the amount of bodily fluids have to be signifigantly obvious in order to be a risk?

Response from Dr. Rodriguez-Torres

HIV stays alive for minutes in an external surface.You will need almost inmmediate contact with an open body surface and the infected fluid to have a minimal risk for infection.

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