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Old 10-27-2003, 11:41 AM   #1
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Post Hiv from blood on rim of toilet seat

From eveything I have read, you can't contract hiv from a toilet seat. But I have a question regarding something that recently happened to me. I usually flush and wipe the toilet seat prior to putting the toilet seat protector cover on and then went about my business and when I was done and was about to flush I noticed a small amount of a mixture of wet blood and pee on the rim of the seat toward the front part of the seat (and it wasn't mine!). Actually there was a small spot of dry blood as well (but I know dry blood does not carry the hiv virus). I suffer from OCD and this incident doesn't help matters any. I don't think I came into contact with it but can't be sure. I'm not sure if anything splattered on the toilet seat when I originally flushed the toilet that could have gotten on me. Is this something I really should be worried about? Do I need to be tested for something like this. Living with OCD is awful and I have a phobia of hiv to begin with so anytime something happens I freak out. If someone could give me their thoughts I would appreciate it.

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Old 10-27-2003, 12:05 PM   #2
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Dont worry Annie. The situation you discribed has no risk. HIV does not live long outside the body. Plus, the chances that the person who left the blood actualy had HIV is astonomical. Plus, it dosnt sound like the blood touched you in any way. Even if it did, theres still practicaly no risk. And lastly even if there was HIV still alive in the blood (which is HIGHLY unlikely) it would not be a sufficient amount to infect someone. So relax, no way you caught HIV from a toilet seat.

Old 10-30-2003, 06:24 PM   #3
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I can understand how you feel because I used to be the same way as well. My mother has OCD (amongst other things) and when I was 8 yrs old, I was at a doctors office and threw out a piece of gum in one of those "red" biowaste material bins. After that my mom freaked out and told me I had HIV. I cried for days and never quite got over it. I acted in ways as I got older that were risky that would confirm what I already thought I had had. I hope you don't have children and put them throught the same paranoia as's really terrible. But the best way to treat an HIV phobia is education. Through the ideas my mother instilled in my head, I thought I could catch HIV from anything. I was very OCD-like in my thinking as well. You really need to educate yourself thoroughly about this disease. For me it was a long process. I went from not being able to look at the word HIV without feeling sick to my stomach or that it was some kind of "sign" to being very well-informed. If you spend some time reading up at reputable websites and visiting some of the "better-informed" message boards, you will see HIV is not an easily transmittable virus and that your worrying is uncalled for.

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