[Question #3291] Risk?
38 months ago
I am a 25 y/o female, sexually never been active. I checked into a hotel a couple of days back, and twisted my ankle and fell bare naked on the carpet of the floor. And then with the twisted ankle i slipped against the bathroom door. I fear the carpet and the door were contaminated with infected fluids from the previous guests who stayed in the same room. And if there was any infected fluid it might have come in contact with my genitals. Is there even a rarest possibility of any infection like HIV and Hepatitis?? I'm worried about both the carpet and the bathroom door. I don't know if my fears are valid, but I'm anxious since I dint have any clothes on and there was a direct contact between the surface and the vulva. Do I need to get tested? I do understand that sex and drugs stay the main risk factors, but is there a way in my case to get infected??
Edward W. Hook M.D.
38 months ago
Welcome to our Forum. It will be my pleasure to comment and to assure you that there was absolutely no risk of acquiring HIV, hepatitis, or any other STI from the events you described. This was a zero risk event. There are a number of reasons that I say this. They include:
1. Most importantly, these viruses become non-infectious rapidly (within minutes) upon contact with the air or at room temperature. Even if the unlikely event that a previous person in the room was infected (see below), this would be a no risk event.
2. Statistically it is most unlikely that the person who used the room before you was HIV or hepatitis infected. These are rare infections.
3. The sort of exposure you describe has never been described to be transmitted through the sort of event you describe. you are not going to be the first.
4. The room was cleaned before you occupied it. While perhaps not perfect, the cleaning process and cleansers are likely to eliminate any residual secretions and infectious risk.
I hope these comments are helpful. Please don't worry. This was a no risk event and no testing is needed related to it. EWH---