[Question #5535] Incident

24 months ago
Hello,

I encountered a situation today that has got me thinking. I used some tissues  to clean myself after peeing. I am not sure if they were used and not discarded prior to me. I am now worried if I may have exposed myself to contract infections like HIV or Hepatitis, not knowing what the previous persons status is and assuming that the persons body fluids must be on the tissue? Is there any chance of transmission of these infections? What should I do now? Get tested or get any medications?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
24 months ago
Welcome to the Forum.  I'll be happy to answer your question.  It is a familiar question.  Even in the unlikely event that you re-used a tissue which had been contaminated with genital secretions or blood from a person with HIV, hepatitis or other STI, there would be no risk for infection.  These organisms become non-infectious upon exposure to the environment.  There is no risk and no need for testing of any sort.  I hope that this information is helpful to you. Please don't worry.  EWH---