[Question #3989] HIV exposure?

31 months ago
Recently a friend of mine had masturbated in the shower at my house, didnt know at the time and dont know their status... Just recently found out...  About 10 min later we gave our toddler a bath, filled up the tub only about 8 inches of water at most. Im sure the tub was not washed down completely after the incident not suspecting anything, but my toddler has a tendency to drink their bath water and did so in this case, a small amount anyway. We always put a rubber bath mat down inside the tub so they cant slip so im hoping that helped cover up some of this fluid but i cant guarantee it covered all of the area. There was soap in the water but what are the possibilities this could pose a threat to my toddlers health. The water was luke warm at best. Also two days after this incident my toddler developed a fever of 100-101 degrees that went away 24hrs later and was up and about the whole time during their fever, but ended with them vomiting up their breakfast the following morning after the fever went away.  But was totally normal after that with no other issues. Appreciate your help and look forward to your answer.... Concerned that my toddler got sick right after this and thats what spun the wheels about this issue. 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
31 months ago
Welcome to our Forum.  I'll be glad to comment and hope that my comments will be helpful to you.  First, let me point out that most people do not have STIs.  Second and perhaps more importantly, STIs are not transmitted through indirect contact with contaminated surfaces, or through contact in water- even in water which is ingested/swallowed.  All STI pathogens (viruses and bacterial) become non-infectious upon exposure to the environment.  In terms of water, with or without soap, this only assures that reduces any risk for infection.  I would not worry a bit on this and would urge you not to worry about your child. 

I hope my comments are helpful.  EWH
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31 months ago
Thank you Dr. Hook! One last question, is it true that city water or tap water thats chlorinated kills, damages or destroys the hiv virus to the point that it cannot reproduce outside the host anymore?  
31 months ago
I think when my child was sick with a fever two days after i really got worried and that's when my imagination ran wild. It was awful timing thinking about the possibilities of What IF..... Scary
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
31 months ago
Whether or not the water is chlorinated.  Pure water, chlorinated or unchlorinated would probably inactivate any pathogens you (or your daughter) might encounter.  I understand your concerns about your daughter- our children are SO important.  that said, I am completely confident your child is not at risk.  EWH
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31 months ago
Just to clarify, so i completely understand and i mean no disrespect. You said water would probably inactivate any pathogens. And also "All STI pathogens (viruses and bacterial) become non-infectious upon exposure to the environment".  Non-infectious and inactivate are the same thing? Maybe i am misunderstood. So Irrespective of water, its environment and surfaces itself that it becomes non infectious not specifically water.... 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
31 months ago
 Yes, noninfectious and inactivate do mean the same thing.    And yes, exposure to the environment with or without water does make the micro organisms non-infectious. 

 This is my third reply to your questions. As per forum guidelines this thread will be close to you shortly. They care and please don't worry. EWH. 
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31 months ago
Thank you Kind Sir!