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Blood On Towel Transmission Risk

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worried about blood on paper towel...

Hi Ms. Southall, I am glad you are home and hope you have a quick recovery from your question is...I have a friend who is hiv positive, she was messing with a pimple on her face and had used a paper towel to blot the blood from her...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiThank you, it's good to be back.There is no risk of HIV transmission with this situation. HIV begins to die as soon as it leaves the body and is unable to infect. There would also have to be a large volume of blood.You are HIV free from this... Read more »

Transmission through towel

Dear Ryan - Thanks for your responses to so many questions. I am a "worried well" person... Read more »

Sharing the same towel after shower

Dear Doctor,How are you? Thank you very much for answering all the questions for us. I am a 34... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Study Explores Possible Risks of HIV Transmission Despite Successful Treatment

The use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) prevents replication of HIV in the blood; however, a recent study indicates that shedding of HIV may continue in semen, so individuals undergoing ART can infect others through unprotected sexual intercourse. ... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Majority of New York City Adults at Increased Risk of HIV Transmission Think They Are Not at Risk, Survey Says

About 18% of New York City adults are at risk of contracting HIV because of drug use or multiple sex partners, according to a recent survey conducted by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene , the AP/ New York Times reports. ... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


HIV is spread most often through unprotected sex with an infected partner. The virus can enter the body through the lining of the vagina, vulva, penis, rectum, or mouth during sex. Risky Behavior HIV can infect anyone who practices risky... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission Risk

The risk of getting HIV varies widely depending on the type of exposure. Some exposures, such as exposure to HIV during a blood transfusion, carry a much higher risk of transmission than other exposures, such as oral sex. For some exposures, risk of... Read more »
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Risk of transmission?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

I was at this bar, decent place but the bathroom was very dirty, I am female, I went to pee and of course I didn't seat on the toilet, I pulled down my jeans almost to my knees, I don't know if they touched the floor but the floor was dirty, I swear... Read more »

Concerned about possible transmission

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
This may seem like a stupid question...but it is not to me.

Last night, after returning home from a local sporting event, I noticed on my left ring finger that there was some dried blood (not a lot,just a little bit.) After wiping it off with a damp... Read more »

Transmission Anxiety

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I know I need to be tested, but here is my story. Recently on a trip to New Orleans, I had unprotected sex with a hooker( at least I think she was) at a strip joint. I ejacualted on her stomach. I know the chances of a onetime vaginal transmission... Read more »

HIV Transmission Risk

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I need to ascess my risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. 6 days ago, I met up with this man that I had chatted to online and we had unprotected sex.
There was a lot of open mouth kissing and fondling. He proceeded to masturbate... Read more »