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While in gym sat on seat full of sweat. Can I get HIV?

Mar 2013
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Hello Sir I use to go gym regularly, today I sat on a seat which is completely wet with full of sweat and I don't know whose sweat it is and I don't know the health condition of that unknown person and one doubt came into my mind that do I get any HIV by sitting on that seat. Please clarify.
Posted Fri, 11 Oct 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 58 minutes later
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Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing to us with your health related concern.
HIV is transmitted only through the following routes -
1. Blood ( including menstrual blood )
2. Semen
3. Vaginal secretions
4. Breast milk

Activities which allow HIV transmission include -
- Unprotected sexual contact ( vaginal, anal, oral )
- Direct blood contact with infected blood, including injection drug needles, blood transfusions, accidents in health care settings or certain blood products
- Mother to baby (before or during birth, or through breast milk)

The following body fluids are NOT infectious -

The following “bodily fluids” are NOT infectious:

- Saliva
- Tears
- Sweat
- Feces
- Urine

As you can see, there is no risk of transmission of the virus from sweat.
So please do not worry on that score.
I hope this answer clarified your doubt.
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