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males sitting down to use the toilet
Jan 31, 2013

The men in my family sit down when they pee is thst a risk for hiv if there is period blood in or on the toilet.how should they conduct them selves in the futhear i think this question should be public because men should be awere of the risk.

Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman

Hello there The HIV virus is in blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. To create an infection, one of these four body fluids with HIV in it must come into immediate and direct contact with the bloodstream or a mucous membrane of another person. I include the word "immediate" because the virus cannot survive for long outside the body. Oxygen destroys the virus. If any one of these four body fluids were on a toilet seat, (a) oxygen would probably have destroyed it before anyone else approached it, and (b) a person sitting on a toilet seat does not expose the bloodstream or a mucous membrane to the fluid on the seat, so there is no potential mode of transmission. If you find a toilet seat with blood or another potentially infectious body fluid on it, make sure that the seat is properly cleaned before anyone else uses it for reasons of general hygiene, but do not be concerned about the possible transmission of HIV in that setting. By the way, women also sit down to pee and are not at risk either. Take care, LHW



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