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Can blood on toilet seat when contacted with genitals cause HIV?

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Posted on Wed, 25 May 2016
Question: Hi this afternoon I used a public toilet and I think I may have wiped myself with toilet tissue with a tiny blood stain on it, I did notice that there was blood on the toilet seat so I lifted it and squatted over the bowl but after I wiped myself with tissues I think I saw a spec of blood on the tissue which I pulled from the toilet holder. I am now worried that I may have touched my genitals and vagina with this spec of blood and I may be at risk from hiv or hepatitis ???
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Could predispose you to UTI

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. A tiny speck of blood on a toilet tissue is unlikely to put you at risk of HIV or Hepatitis B. But it could have contained bacteria that could give you an urinary tract infection.

You need not panic. Wait and watch to see if you have any difficulty or burning sensation or any urgency while passing urine. If still apprehensive, after a couple of days you can get your urine tested for routine microscopy and culture sensitivity.

Regards
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (4 hours later)
Thank you for answering my query, but could you please clarify. Does this mean that my chances of getting hiv or hep b from this encounter are extremely low or almost none existent and I have no need to get tested for Hiv or hep b ?? I wait your kind response. Thank you Sir .

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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It does not spread like that

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing back.
You need not get tested. HIV or hepatitis B does not spread by external contact to blood.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Sonia Raina
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (21 minutes later)
Thank you, I am satisfied by your response Sir
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Glad to be of service

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Wish you health.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Deepak
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Can blood on toilet seat when contacted with genitals cause HIV?

Brief Answer: Could predispose you to UTI Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. A tiny speck of blood on a toilet tissue is unlikely to put you at risk of HIV or Hepatitis B. But it could have contained bacteria that could give you an urinary tract infection. You need not panic. Wait and watch to see if you have any difficulty or burning sensation or any urgency while passing urine. If still apprehensive, after a couple of days you can get your urine tested for routine microscopy and culture sensitivity. Regards