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Can you get diseases from sitting in someone else's urine?

By Anonymous August 18, 2013 - 1:29pm
 
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Last night I used a public restroom. I squatted so that I wouldn't have to sit on the seat as there were no toilet seat covers an then I realized that as I was using toilet paper to wipe, the toilet paper touched the seat before I wiped my genitalia(I'm female. If the toilet paper did pick up some urine on the way and I basically wiped someone else's urine onto my vulva, is it possible for me to get any diseases from this?

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Here are some infections you will want to worry about: anthrax, cholera, dysentery, dengue, japanese encephalitis, rotavirus, tuberculosis and malaria. This is why I ALWAYS bring antiseptic wipes with me. Wipe down the seat, use a seat cover, always squat and the wipe yourself with the wipe afterwards. I usually try to also wear a mask so as not to breathe in the pathogens that float in the air after flushing. You should probably see a doctor as soon as possible and come with a list of potential diseases to rule out.

August 19, 2013 - 2:26pm
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Anonymous

Hi Anon,

This is unlikely to happen.  Some people believe it's possible to get an STD this way.  If  there were any chances of contracting any bacteria, it would be the ones stated on my previous post.  Sexually transmitted disease are mostly passed on through intercourse and/or oral sex.

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Daisy

August 19, 2013 - 4:06am
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Anonymous

 

 

Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  It's unlikely you will pick up anything, unless you noticed the toilet paper touched any part of the seat it was dirty.   Things like streptococcus  staphylococcus, E. coli and shigella bacteria, hepatitis A virus, the common cold virus, and various sexually transmitted organisms. Are some of the bacterias that can be picked up in a public or dirty toilet. 

Best,

Daisy

August 18, 2013 - 5:43pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Yes once I stood up I realized the toilet paper had you he's a part of the seat that had urine on it. Which infections do I have to worry about here? I've never had a sexually transmitted disease so I'm very worried

August 18, 2013 - 5:57pm
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