[Question #5921] HIV - Transmission?

20 months ago
Hi Dr.,
I am a male with rectal HSV-1.  I am currently experiencing an outbreak and while using public toilets the water is splashing up onto the herpes sores.  Is it possible to get HIV from this situation due to having toilet water splash on the rectal HSV-1 while going to the bathroom? Thanks in advance for your help.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
20 months ago
This is a repetitive, anxiety-driven question.  HIV is spread ONLY through DIRECT sexual contact of injection of infected material deep into tissue.   A splash of toilet water could not conceivably put you at risk for HIV.  

You need to get your OCD treated, not be worrying about no risk events of the sort you have repeatedly posted on over the past month,

As Dr. Handsfield said in his last reply
"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."

This thread will now be closed.  EWH