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By Anonymous June 2, 2014 - 2:48am
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Hi this may seem a stupid question, i never had a sexual contact with anyone but masturbated sometimes..never did it in public toilet..but i have a fear of hiv..just wondering like when i go to a public bathroom than come back home and masturbated in my pants or underwear.im afraid that maybe by accident a body fluid from toilet seat touched my legs or something..im asking bcz i have a little bit swollen salivary glands and burning sensation on my tongue and read that it could be due to hiv

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HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon

Thanks for your question!

You cannot get HIV from toilet seats. HIV is transmitted via body fluids including sperm, blood, tissue or female body fluids. It's also transmitted by infected needles or other instruments. 

Sperm, if on a public toilet seat would die very quickly, but it would also have to enter your body or a direct open wound to cause an infection. This makes transmission virtually impossible. 

It's a good idea to carry sanitizing wipes in order to help with your fears and avoid public toilets when you can. Not because of the risk, but to allay your own fears. 

There are dozens and dozens of signs of HIV/AIDS - many of them the same as many other viruses like the flu. Your swollen glands may be due to a virus other than HIV but it's a good idea to have your glands checked to see what may be causing this. 

Has this helped you, Anon?



June 2, 2014 - 10:28am
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Hi suzann thank you for your reply so need for hiv test ?

July 26, 2014 - 9:00am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

A HIV test is a good idea for anyone who is nervous about having it. But in your case, there does not seem to be any possibility that you could have it. A test will ease your mind since it will be negative, based on your post, but there is no real medical need. 


July 28, 2014 - 10:59am
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