[Question #4055] hiuv clarity

32 months ago
hello,
I asked a question a couple days ago regarding the possiblity of contacting hiv from blood on a toliet seat. Still a bit worried about the possiblity of it where it was fresh or dried blood. Can you please shed a bit more light on that subject because to me if it was fresh blood it seems like it could transmit if exposed to the anus. Also online there seems to be articles that this hiv can live in blood for days at a time depending on temperature  and ph. I guess i am having a hard time understanding why there are no documented cases even though I feel like if the blood was positive I could be at risk. Do you see a need for testing ?
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
32 months ago
Sorry, but there is really not much more to say. These are the same questions you had before, in different words. The answers are the same.  From my main reply in your previous thread.  "Nobody ever caught HIV from exposure to the virus in the environment, in a public toilet or anywhere else. No risk and no worry, regardless of how long the exposure was. You might look back at one of your earlier threads, where I discussed the difference between theoretical events that seem to make biological sense and the evidence that such events rarely if ever have actually led to HIV infection."

In other words, the specific answers to these details don't matter. We don't know how long HIV can survive in blood -- probably not at all after the blood dries -- but even if it survives or days or weeks, if no such infections ever occur, who cares? Anyway, nobody who sits down exposes his anus to the surface.

No, you don't need testing.

Repeated anxiety driven questions are not permitted, and there will be no opportunity for further discussion on this thread. Please do not ask again; it would be deleted without reply and without refund of the posting fee.

HHH, MD
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