[Question #7804] risk of contracting hiv/std from sex toy use

19 days ago
Thanks for taking my question

I recently purchased a masturbation sleeve--Fleshlite like product-- from an online store. It looked new when I got it...I didnt see any residue etc.  the product shipped to me on the 1st and I did not use until the 10th....I did not clean before use or wash off after use... I then discovered that the place I bought it from accepts returns provided the box was not opened. Once I learned that I remembered that the box wasn't "sealed" ...... So I began to worry. 
Let's say an Hiv/STD positive guy used this to completion and then put right back in the air tight container without cleaning...the semen was just left to dry inside the sleeve...then he returned the product..it arrived at the warehouse on the 1st then shipped out to me.
Yes this is extreme but its the way I would like you to approach the problem.
What are my changes of getting infected with HIV or any other STD from this product? 
Should I get tested for anything? If so what and when?
If you could also explain your response as well that would be great.

H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
18 days ago
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for your question.

I have never heard of used sex toys being sold to the public. I cannot say it never happens, but it would surprise me greatly if it does. In any case, after packaging and shipment, obviously any potentially infected fluids left behind would have dried, and would not be transmissible. So to accept your premises also would require that someone had used the product within an hour or so before you did.

"What are my chances of getting infected....?"  Zero.

"Should I get tested for anything?" Definitely not.

I think my reasoning is clear from my opening comments.

I hope this information is helpful. Let me know if anything isn't clear.

18 days ago
Thanks for the reply. 

Just to clarify and  follow up

Would your mind change if the items was still damp/wet? To my knowledge it was dry but what if I missed a spot?

Or would the fact that 11 days had gone by been enough to deactivate any potential virus?

I know the internet says air kills HIV but I wasn't for sure about other STD's and since it was in a "air tight" package I was concerned that maybe it didn't kill HIV or other STD's.

So I don't need to worry about any other STD as well?

So basically all clear?

Thanks again and I really appreciate the opportunity to ask questions in this forum!

H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
18 days ago
Try to think just a little bit logically! How could a packaged item have a single wet spot while the rest of the object was dry? (And even if it did, no it would not change my advice). HIV would be dead and gone within a couple hours; 11 days is of course entirely plenty. All this applies to all STDs, not just HIV.

Yes, all clear!