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Could I possibly get HIV from urine?
Jun 23, 2013

Hi. I'm a female and recently I've had a possible incident in which I was using a public restroom--urinating. In the middle of it, I felt that maybe some urine had splashed on my vulva (primarily on the labia majora, couldn't tell for sure if it touched another spot). I'm actually not sure if it was from inside the toilet or if it was my own urine going off track, but let's say it was the urine present in the toilet from the person who used it before me. There was no apparent blood in it (I checked before peeing there). If this was the urine of a HIV+ person, is there any chance it could infect me in this situation? And if there was non-apparent blood in that urine, could it infect me? Keeping in mind that I don't know how long that urine had been standing there.

Also, this week I had a flu shot and shortly after that I started having flu symptoms. Is there any correlation with HIV and the flu shot? Could it cause a reaction on people with an early stage of HIV?

Response from Mr. Glenn

Thanks for your question,

There is absolutely no risk for HIV from this situation. None.

Urine does not transmit HIV. Even if there was blood in it, too much time would've passed.

If this kind of situation is something that preoccupies you, even after hearing how there's no risk. It might be less about actual risk and more about your anxiety surrounding a perceived risk.

Hope this helps!

Erik



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