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Author Topic: Hello there, worry about wound and toilet. Help please.  (Read 1396 times)

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Hello there, worry about wound and toilet. Help please.
« on: May 01, 2013, 01:14:07 AM »
I use the same toilet with two people those who are hiv positive. It's the public toilet in an office; Normally, I wear shoes, but that day my foot injures--wound from my nail cuts my finger. The wound doesn't pass for a long time; just 1.30hr-2hr. So I walk and use the toilet with my foot in socks -- no shoes at all.

The problem is I see many drops of water on the floor; I'm worried it may be the drop of blood, or water contained blood (of the two people who are hiv positive because they use the same toilet as I use.) I understand that the nomal use of toilet together can't infect, but in this case -- the wound on my foot. Is it possible to be infected this way????? The drop may be outside body just 5 minutes;I'm afraid that the virus doesn't die yet. I'm so paranoid.

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Re: Hello there, worry about wound and toilet. Help please.
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2013, 01:20:09 AM »
HIV is a fragile virus that is instantly damaged when exposed to oxygen rendering it unable to infect . There is zero risk that you could be exposed to HIV in this manner .

If you use condoms consistently for vaginal and anal sex you will avoid HIV , its that simple . 

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Re: Hello there, worry about wound and toilet. Help please.
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013, 01:57:24 AM »
HIV is sexually transmitted through unprotected vaginal and anal sex. It is also transmitted through the immediate reuse of IV drug needles (if the previous user was infected with HIV) and occasionally from mother to child during childbirth or through breastfeeding.

You will note I did not mention drops of blood on the floor, in or out of water, touched minutes later by a sock-footed person.

For Goddess' sake it is 2013. PLEASE read our LESSONS about how HIV is transmitted and try, just try, to educate yourself out of what seems to be a time-warp from 1980.

I mean come on!

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Re: Hello there, worry about wound and toilet. Help please.
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2013, 07:38:43 AM »
Sorry, I disturb again. Do I understand correctly that when hiv--blood or semen--is outside body, it can't be infectious?? There're no any information that how long time it dies. Die once or not? I'm so paranoid. Am i safe even I've got a wound at foot, right??
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Re: Hello there, worry about wound and toilet. Help please.
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2013, 07:43:53 AM »

Hiv is a fragile, difficult to transmit virus that is primarily transmitted INSIDE the human body, as in unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse where the virus never leaves the confines of the two bodies.

Once outside the body, small changes in temperature, and pH and moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect. For this reason, no way are you going to become infected by walking barefoot in a public toilet.

The ONLY ways you could become infected through your co-workers are if you have unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse with them or if you share drug injecting equipment with them. I hope you're not treating them like contagious lepers, because they're NOT.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.
Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

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Re: Hello there, worry about wound and toilet. Help please.
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2013, 09:51:10 AM »
Ok sir. So, the drop of blood on the floor(just out from human body 1minute or 5minutes) is not infectious to my new wound, right?? I will be infected when having the unprotected sex --vargina or anal--only?? Reply me please

Thank you so much everybody. I'm paranoid I know but I just need the direct answer. T_______________T"

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Re: Hello there, worry about wound and toilet. Help please.
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2013, 09:56:00 AM »
Hi Benito ... The information we gave you is complete and you can rest assured that you can not get infected by droplets of blood , its not going to happen .



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