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Old 07-16-2009, 05:29 PM   #1
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Disease Risk - Toilet Seat

O.K., I know this is kind of stupid, but i'm serious so please keep laughter to a minimum

At my work place, there is only one toilet and it is for both employees and the general public. I usually try to stick to the urinal, but a couple of days ago had the, shall we just say "need" for the stall.

While sitting there, I looked down and noticed that the tip of my penis was kind of inadvertantly pressed against the inside of the toilet rim...GROSS!

ANYWAY...I wiped the "contacted" spot with TP, but that's no disinfectant. I had peed a little too, so the tip was a bit "moist" at that moment (no sitting down jokes please...I promise it was incidental!) and i'm concerned that I could be at risk for disease.

So basically, my question is: does anyone know how long dangerous germs can live on such surfaces? I know there's nothing I can do about it at this point (except watch how i'm seated in the future), but still concerned.

Again, please spare me hilarious cyber-laughter...This is pretty embarassing and I hesitated to even post. Thanks.

 
Old 07-18-2009, 06:20 AM   #2
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Re: Disease Risk - Toilet Seat

Interesting question.... so I've done some quick research on this (just as you could...)

my conclusions from this - short answer, nothing to worry about.

Yes toilets are dirty places but the seat isn't the worst and disease transmission via them is NOT common.

To make you feel worse though - flushing produces an aerosol of faecal germs. There will be germs on door handles, the floor, blown onto your hands when you use the air drier. Germs are everywhere, not just the seat!!! Yikes!

Fortunately we have defences and seemingly survive our visits to public toilets unscathed, even though I avoid them as much as possible.

You'll be fine.

 
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Old 07-31-2009, 10:36 AM   #3
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Re: Disease Risk - Toilet Seat

No laughing from me because this is a concern for females all the time. Sometimes you have to sit, not hover, and sit down with your aim a little off and you never know. Anywhooo, Dr. Oz addressed this on one of his shows and he said it's not anything to worry about. Like the previous poster said, we are naturally protected to a degree and most of the germs you'd worry about need skin to skin contact. Once they are on a non-living thing they die. (If you want to worry about contracting something from a "public" place, think hot tubs. They have that nice warn moist environment to grow in. ewwwwwwww) Obviously you'll be more careful in the future, but I really don't think you've got much to worry about.

 
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