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Author Topic: HIV RISK FROM THERMOMETER  (Read 1422 times)

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Offline JavierSanchez

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HIV RISK FROM THERMOMETER
« on: January 18, 2013, 11:11:33 AM »
Hello, I just found this forum, and I wanted ask a question about an incident I had yesterday. I have heard about some of the ways HIV can be transmitted but I am not familiar with all of them. Yesterday at my regular doctor checkup the nurse checked my temperature with a digital thermometer placing it under my tongue. 30 hrs earlier I was playing with my dog and hit my face against his, cutting the inner side of my lip and it bled a lot. (3/4 inch cut approx) I noticed that the nurse didn't change her gloves and didn't sanitize or cleaned the thermometer; however she put a disposable probe cover on it.

What is the risk of HIV transmission if the thermometer was previously used on an HIV +ve patient? (she didn't cleaned or sanitize it neither before use nor after using it on me). Should I wait to resume sex with my wife after being tested?

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Re: HIV RISK FROM THERMOMETER
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2013, 03:15:17 PM »
Under absolutely no circumstances can you get HIV from a thermometer or any other environmental surface. HIV is an extremely fragile virus and cannot remain viable outside the human body for any length of time.

Environmental factors such as temperature, pH, and the exposure to oxygen render the virus incapable of transmission.

Moreover, even if you were speaking in code and "thermometer" meant "penis of an HIV positive male" you would still not be at risk. Saliva contains over a dozen identifiable elements which neutralize HIV.

There is no risk whatsoever in the incident as you describe it.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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Re: HIV RISK FROM THERMOMETER
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2013, 03:44:43 PM »
Thanks for you reply JK, so should i resume sex with my wife? She says i am crazy and if i don't have sex with her she will do me when i sleep.

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Re: HIV RISK FROM THERMOMETER
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2013, 03:55:24 PM »
Thanks for you reply JK, so should i resume sex with my wife? She says i am crazy and if i don't have sex with her she will do me when i sleep.

Well, it actually looks lke you are in a win=win situation here. Either way you get to have sex with your wife.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

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Re: HIV RISK FROM THERMOMETER
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2013, 04:27:52 PM »
Thank you so much jk, for explaining the whole thing and how it works.

  :)

 


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