|HIV from a plastic bag
Aug 19, 2013
I was embarrassed to get a prostate check up so i googled how to do this myself. I used a sandwich bag to cover my hand and did so. I am worried though at the possibility of catching HIV from the bag. It looked clean, was dry and was new out of a packet of 100 but they where produced in Thailand (fairly high on the amount of people with aids). I know this may sound silly but I am currently suffering with anxiety for other reasons on am now worried about this. I know HIV does last long outside the body and the packs have been in my cupboard for months so i think the risk is fairly low. I just don't know if it could have survived on plastic and then been transferred when i checked my prostate even though the packet has been exposed to air. Any advice would be appreciated.
| Response from Mr. Cordova
There was no risk of HIV transmission in this situation. None. You cannot catch HIV from an inanimate object such as a plastic bag.
My advise for you is as follows:
1: If scenarios like this play play out in your mind with any sort of frequency, then I would suggest talking with a counselor, therapist, or other trained mental health professional. They can help you work through thoughts like these.
2: You should not give yourself a prostate exam. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. Please make an appointment with your doctor and have perform the examination.
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