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can we get HIV from a new masturbation toy

Jan 9, 2012

I just bought a new masturbation toy for men. I brought it home (45 mins later) and try it for around few minutes. Then I realize that the packaging was a little messed up, little wrecked and was not sealed. But when I was in the store, I saw the boxes of the other two products are not sealed as well. I can open and take the product out to have a look. I did not wash it before I use. I am so worried if the seller or someone else in the store had used it before I bought it and they might be HIV infected ( just my opinion). I am starting to be depressed and losing sleep frequently. In your opinion, is there any risk of getting HIV in my situation? If yes, is it in 'high" or 'low" risk? please help. thank you so much

Response from Dr. Wohl

The Short answer: No risk.

The Long answer: HIV evolved to live inside us and not on our sex toys. Therefore, the virus really does not survive well on shiny dry surfaces. Even if, for argument's sake, Mr. HIV+ Sex Toy Clerk had a dalliance with your purchase, my bet is all that any bits of HIV remaining after he wiped it off and carefully stuffed it back into its package, are long gone.

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