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Hiv in the environment
May 10, 2013

Noticed possible blood spot on toilet paper before leaving out of work place bathroom stall. Wondering what is the hiv exposure risk if it was on toilet paper that I used and didn't notice? Is there a greater risk being on menstrual cycle and using toilet paper with possible blood?

Also, is hiv infected fluids noninfectious once it hit surface or once it dries?

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi HIV transmission once it is outside of the body is highly unlikely. This due to a few reasons, first HIV begins to die once it leaves the body and is unable to infect. There also has to be a direct exchange of body fluid through a sexual encounter or needle sharing. Transmission of HIV from a contaminated surface would require massive exposure to blood or other infected liquid from prolonged period of time.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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