[Question #7803] Blood on hotel towel

 
19 days ago
I normally bring my own towels to hotels,  but this time,  I forgot to bring it and used a hotel towel. I have a pretty high glasses prescription,  so I don't always see things clearly in the shower. I showered and shaved and used a towel to dry off (I never use hotel towels to dry my private area).  After getting dressed,  I noticed a small bright red stain on the towel. My assumption is that it was blood. My question is,  let's say it was blood,  is there a possibility that drying myself after I shaved (didn't get any noticeable cuts) am I at risk for contracting HIV or some other blood borne diseases?
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
19 days ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your confidence in our services.

Blood turns dark red-brown as it dries. Assuming nobody else had used the towel iwithin a few minutes of your own use, the bright red blood must have been your own. (Perhaps you rubbed off a scab or top of a pimple or other skin lesion?) In that case, of course there is no risk. But even if somehow there were freshly applied, wet, bright red blood from someone else, there would te no risk. Nobody gets HIV or other blood borne infections by simple contact of infected blood with ithe skin -- with or without shaving, cuts, etc. Nobody in the world has ever been known to catch any such infections from shared or contaminated towels, intimate clothing, toilet seats, shared kitching or bathroom utensils, etc. For sure you have no worries; there is no chance you caught anything.

I hope these comments are helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

HHH, MD
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19 days ago
Thank you so much for your prompt reply! I feel much better now
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
19 days ago
I'm glad to have helped!---