potential risk from water splash 2nd part
Jun 23, 2012
Hi Doctor Wohl,
Thank you very much for the answer of my previous question.
A follow up on my question, does you answer imply that the hiv virus would still be alive after those 5 min in the toilet water, but very much diluted by the environment, or completely gone by that period of time? Let's say I had small cuts or a fissure on my anus and there was in fact a brief contact with the contaminated water? I know this is a very improbable scenario, but what if it does happen, maybe not now and not to me but somewhere? What do you think, could it lead to a possible transmission?
Thanks again for your time, K from Europe
Response from Dr. Wohl
If in some strange world where the bizarre is commonplace someone placed a cup of HIV infected blood in a bowl of water, yes there would be viable virus in that nasty mix.
I am not sure that helps you in any way. The important thing is that even still, splashing this on your bottom would be very very very unlikely lead to HIV infection.
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