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Can I Get HIV From Blood On A Toilet Seat?

07/21/2005

Question:

Dear Doctor, This is a wonderful website for educating people about HIV and I got a lot of knowledge here. Here`s my story. Last weekend, we had a small party at my home. Some friends (some I know, some I don't know) came to the party. After the party, I cleaned the house and the bathroom. There was some stain (not sure blood or urine or some other stuff) on one toilet. I cleaned it and might have touched it without wearing any gloves. Then I washed my hands with water and soap (about one or two minutes later). As I know, my hands had no open sores or abrasions at that time. But later, I was told that among those guys attending the party, one is HIV positive. I began to worry. What are the chances for me to get HIV via this possible hand touch of the stain? Thanks for your information!

Answer:

An exposure of bodily fluid to intact skin will not transmit HIV.

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Response by:

Amy Beth Kressel, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati