[Question #5881] Hiv - Bed Sheets

18 months ago
Hello Dr.
My wife and I live in NYC.  She was walking around all day wearng a pair of flimsy flip flops with her feet exposed to the ground, with all the filth and grime being exposed to her feet.  When she came home, without thinking we started having unprotected sex on our bed blanket, sheets, and her foot hit my penis before I put it inside her vagina.  Could Hiv be spread from her foot to my penis then to her vagina?   I currently have a rectal hsv-1 outbreak, and I sleep in the same bed wearing just a pair of underwear with the sheets, blanket where she puts her feet from the streets, could I get Hiv like this?  In a week we are going away with our 2 year old son to stay in a hotel and I'm extremely worried about contracting hiv due to having a rectal hsv-1 outbreak and exposure to the hotel's bed blanket, sheets, towels, pool, sleeping in the bed, what should I do to avoid getting hiv?  Thanks for your help.
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
18 months ago
You said it yourself in your previous thread:  ""Remember this and believe it:  if you do not have unprotected sex (a penis inside vagina, rectum or mouth) and do not share drug injection equipment with other people, you will never be at risk for HIV."

The sorts of things you describe in this question are risk free for HIV and all STDs. Nobody in the world ever caught HIV from contact with infected bed linens. Rectal HSV1 does not increase HIV risk!! How many times do you have to be told??

"What should I do to avoid getting HIV?" Don't have unsafe sex with non-monogamous partners and don't share drug injection equipment with other persons. Disregard any and all other fears of transmission risk.

This is your third question in under 2 weeks, all reflecting irrational anxiety about HIV. The forum does not permit repeated questions on the same topic or exposure. This will have to be your last one; future new questions along these lines will receive no reply and the posting fee will not be refunded. This policy is based on compassion, not criticism, and to reduce temptations to keep paying for questions with obvious answers. In addition, experience shows that continued answers tend to prolong users' anxieties rather than reducing them. Finally, such questions have little educational value for other users, one of the forum's main purposes. Thanks for your understanding. 

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