Jun 23, 2014
Hi, I was using a urinal and felt some urine splashback hitting my legs (I was wearing shorts). There is a small wound on one of my legs which pretty much has dried up, as I got the wound several days earlier. Is there a risk of getting hiv from someone else's urine or possibly other bodily fluids that might have remained in the urinal from the splashback? I didn't notice anything on it before using. I did look up some of the previous q&a's but most seem to be on direct contact between penises and the urinal and I couldn't find one where old wounds were discussed. Thanks.
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi You cannot get HIV from sharing utensils, drinking after someone etc. You cannot get HIV as well at a hair salon, manicurist etc. HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted. Also important to know is that once HIV leaves the body it begins to die and becomes unable to infect.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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