I live in a dorm where I share 2 toilets with about 10 other girls. Yesterday I went to urinate and wiped myself with a ball of toilet paper; I then used that ball to wipe a few stray drops of my urine from the seat. Before I dropped it into the toilet I noticed that I must have started my period, as there was a little blood on the wiper. Without thinking, I dabbed at myself again using the same ball of toilet paper.
Now Iâm really afraid that I might have given myself an STD or other infection via the damp paper that touched both the toilet seat and the area around my vagina. So, what are the chances that I picked up an infection this way? I am so scared.
There are small chances to get some infection because with the same toilet paper you wipe the toilet seat first and then your outer genitals. Chances for transmission are very small because most of the infective agents that causes STD live very shortly outside the body (on the toilet seat for example). Chance to get some STD would be bigger if you used the toilet right after someone before you had used the same toilet.
As I said chances for getting some STD are very small so you shouldn't be so scared.
thanks Doctor . what if we rented to a place where the land-lord doesn't even bother to clean the toilet .as per health what precautionary measure to be taken as tenants . the toilets are very unclean . i think we are not safe at all . can you please organize health inspectors to asses this place from Kgaogelo Mmola @ Acornhoek
Herpes virus can't survive very long outside the body so chances for getting herpes in your case are very small almost none. The same stands for HIV and Hepatitis-B. HPV is more resistant outside the body.
Various STDs require different periods to show symptoms or to be detected with tests. It also depends from the immune system ability to struggle the infection. Which STD you are interested about?
In case of genital herpes symptoms usually show up 4-7 days after viral exposure. In many people symptoms may not show up at all even if they are infected. Body needs 3-4 weeks to create antibodies against the virus that can be detected by the blood tests.
If there's a real chance I got something from this, I'd want to warn my boyfriend before we have sex again. So, is the chance big enough that I should tell him what happened, and explain that I might have an infection?
The chances for you getting HSV-infection because of this incident in the toilet are so small that it is not worth to tell your boyfriend about it. You can only create a unnecessary panic.
But if you want to be 100% sure and if your boyfriend is a very reasonable gay you can tell him and make him to use condom in the next few weeks. Then you can perform a blood test to be sure if you were infected or not.
Hello Dr. Nikola, I am a boy of 21 and my girl friend is just 20, I think my girl friend one, i figured every time we made love, her vaginal smells somehow but it''s hard for me to tell her such things because it really makes her feel bad probably ended up crying in most cases. Just bought her Nystatin insertion drug and the tablet which she takes in the morning and night. She doesn''t welcome condom and we''re very faithful to each other, lost her virginity to me though. I hate the smelling thing and we need to get rid of it, what do we do please ?