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HIV risk for blood "possible exposure in public restroom?"
Feb 17, 2012

hi dr. i had an incident at the gym where i had to use the restroom urgently the stall had menstrual blood in the inner walls of the toilet which seemed inbeded because it didn't flush away anyway i was cautious. i have a case of anal fissures whenever i use the restroom, is this a possible infection incident there was back splash and i cant help but think what if some of the blood had gotten into my anal fissure. can you tell me the chances of catchin hiv from this incident if the blood was infected with the hiv virus? thank you

Response from Mr. Glenn

Thanks for your question,

You had no risk for HIV. There are many reason why you have no risk. One of the strongest reasons is that HIV simply can't survive in the open air. Well before the time you entered the stall, the HIV was dead. Between the amount of time it takes for that blood to come out of that last person and for you to enter the stall.. we simply know that's a long time.

HIV must be passed directly/immediately.

Hope this helps!

Erik



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