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towel/bed sheet? swollen glands?
Apr 15, 2012

Hello, I'd like to know whether a towel/bed sheet can be a media of HIV transmission or not? coz when I visit this sex worker 12 days ago I laid on the bed which I don't know it's dirty or not and I'm naked. I don't know if there's some couple use the bed before and not change the bed sheet.. and I have a skin allergy, so maybe there's some little cuts/rash in my body... (1) is it possible to transmit this way? and after I clean my body in bathroom, she gave me a towel to dry myself,I don't know whether she already use that towel or not, stupidly I used it to dry my legs and I don't know is there any wound on my legs that time (I think there's not)... so (2)is there a chance it transmit this way too? assuming she used it to wipe herself first? if she used it maybe it's 1-2 minutes after she uses it... (3)how long does HIV virus lives outside the host body? and I also ever heard They say in ARS there's a swollen lymph glands...(4)what's its characteristic? Is it painful? I notice that there's some enlargement (placed under my right ear) it shaped like a blood vessel though (or muscle maybe), it's not painful,and I don't feel the same thing in the left side of the neck... no fever, no other problems... a new worriness since it's 12th day from that day.. If I'm not mistaken that enlargement was already there from a long time... but just in case to rule it out of my worries... - and "IF" there's a swollen glands how many days it takes to get back to normal... just to follow it up.. thanks.

Response from Mr. Cordova

Hi there:

There is no risk of transmission from a situation like this. I would suggest reading the section on HIV transmission. HIV does not live well outside of the body, needs a portal of entry into your body, and the mode of transmission must facilitate infection. In the situation you are describing none of these criteria are met.

In health,

Richard



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