[Question #7693] Ripped Pants HIV

2 months ago
Hello Doctor,

My friend who has a girlfriend stopped by my house with his girlfriend to chat.  I went outside and we spoke for about 15 to 30 minutes next to his car with myself and my friend about a few feet away while his girlfriend stayed in the car (it was cold) and she rolled down the window to speak intermittently.  When he called me I was watching a movie and didnt know they were stopping by.  My wife and son are away, so I have not done laundry and only could find a clean pair of pants that are completely ripped by the back pockets where my buttocks are.  I threw on 2 pairs of underwear as well.  My concern is that I have anal herpes type 1 and currently having an outbreak.  My friend has a girlfriend but I am not sure if he is straight or not.  My understanding is that anal herpes type 1 or herpes type 1 does not increase your risk of getting hiv.  Is there a risk of getting hiv from speaking with my friend and his girlfriend while having ripped pants by my buttocks, while having a anal herpes type 1 outbreak?
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
2 months ago
Welcome to our forum and thanks for your question. I appreciate that you are being very cautious about both your herpes infection and your risk for HIV. 

I can assure you that the interaction you describe did not place you at any risk whatsoever for acquisition of HIV, even if your friend or his girlfriend happened to have HIV (I’m not sure why you would think that, HIV is a rare disease.  Most people do not have HIV.), there is no risk from talking or even indirect contact. HIV is transmitted only through direct, unprotected sexual contact or injection of infected materials deep into tissue. It is not transmitted through clothing of any sort nor through contact with inanimate objects such as sitting on a toilet seat or a chair where a person with HIV had previously sat.  Similarly it is not transmitted through the air through speaking.

The event you described as a no risk event. They’re not is no reason for concern and no reason for testing. I hope this information is helpful to you. EWH
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