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Offline Hlthycan

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Risk from previously used sex toy?
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:52:50 pm »
Did something dumb today - was hooking up with a friend (just jerking off and kissing) and I let him use his butt plug on me. He said he hadnít used it in weeks and had washed it after itís last use. I asked him to wash it again, which he did for about 45 seconds in hot water with soap, and then I let him insert it my anus.

My friend did not even ejaculate, my concern here is that there could have been some remnants of HIV virus living on the butt plug (from a prior use by someone, no idea who else has used this plug..)

I thought this safe all good but when I googled it later I found some websites say that STIs including HIV can live on certain porous materials that sex toys are made of, even after cleaning, and Iím now terrified! Please advise as to whether I need to be concerned/test for HIV in relation to this specific incident? Thank you!

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Re: Risk from previously used sex toy?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2019, 04:18:47 pm »
There are at least 4 conditions required for the transmission of HIV and this meets none of them and all 4 are needed.

HIV is also very fragile and difficult to transmit requiring very specific biological conditions/environment. The receptors needed to infect human cells corroded once outside the environment of the human body and this is so much so, that nobody has been infected once it has been exposed outside the human body, either sexually or from day to day contact

HIV also does not replicate outside of the human host.

So you had no HIV risk whatsoever from this encounter. You did not acquire HIV from this sex toy no matter what material it's made up with

Although you had no HIV exposure, if you continue to share sex toys like this it is a (rare unless directly shared) risk for far easier to transmit and hardened STIs & Bacterial infections

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as Ďsafeí in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

More information on HIV Basics, PEP, TaSP and Transmission can be found through the links in my signature to our POZ pages, this includes information on HIV Testing

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