Risk from using a public toilet?
Jun 26, 2001
Can HIV be transimitted from using a public toilet seat? What if there are some body fluids on the seat, such as vaginal secretions and blood? Assuming such fluids are left on the seat, hong long can they survive before putting someone at risk? Is a few seconds enough to kill the virus and render it harmless, or do they require a few minutes as some claim? Which is it, seconds or minutes, as if they are the one and same thing!
Response from Ms. Breuer
This is a frequent question. Please check the other answers to it at this site, then add this: No. Potentially infectious body fluids left on the seat would be exposed to oxygen. Oxygen renders HIV harmless in seconds. How many? Depends on the quantity. If there's enough of the body fluid on the seat for you to see it, don't sit down. Give those thigh muscles some exercise!
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