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Toilet Seat Risks

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Risk (from toilet seats)?

Why is it that everyone claims that HIV cannot be transmitted from toilet seats? What happens if there was infectious fluid left on the seats, like menstrual blood and vaginal fluid for example, which is a possible scenario in women's toilets?What...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
I don't know what toilets you've been in, but I've not encountered menstrual blood or vaginal fluids on toilet seats and have a hard time imagining how such fluids could get there, anatomically speaking. And even if these fluids were on the toilet... Read more »

Hep B from Feces on Toilet Seat?

I recently used a public restroom. After I was done, I noticed there was a bit of dry, crusty poop... Read more »

Blood under toilet seat

I was at work and went to the restroom. I used one of those seat covers they provide now and... Read more »
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Cut on finger and toilet seat

Posted by xtreme, 1 Reply
thanks for the responses! Much appreciated! Another 2 questions regarding HIV transmission - 1. I had a cut on my finger where I was fingering my girlfriend - does this pose as a risk for HIV for her to get infected if I had the virus or me... Read more »

OCD myself to death

Posted by 9514, 1 Reply
was recently in alcohol detox with ten other guys and had a open bleeding wound 1 inch by to 2 inches on inside right forearm. did not let any body touch open wound but put open wound on open dirty tables touched door knobs and toilet seats with... Read more »

Can I catch HIV infection this way?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I am only 19 and I don't quite understand why I have to deal with this. Perhaps some will laugh at me for my ignorance and deem this post as a hoax, but I really am frightened over this issue and am losing sleep over this. Please, someone try to... Read more »

Dirty Toilet Rim Water in Eye

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I was recently went to a unisex toilet, and somehow managed to have some water splash from the rim into my eye. The rim was pretty dirty but didn't have any noticeable blood, but it could have had other body fluids on it. What is the risk here? I... Read more »