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Question for Clarification

Mar 1, 2013

Just a question for clarification about your December 2, 2012 answer about toilet seats. (Q226240) Is it also possible for transmission to occur with damaged tissue (not just through mucous membranes)? If so, should the answer to that question be revised to add that mode? Thanks for all your advice and caring!

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi The only way to get HIV through sitting on a toilet seat; The large volume of blood on the toilet seat has to have HIV in it, had to be placed there just as you were sitting down immediately from a person living with HIV. The damaged tissue on your back side had to happen just a few moments before you sat down. So you can see the chances of this happening is highly unlikely. So no I won't change my answer or make an addendum, it is just so highly unlikely to happen.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon

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