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can HIV to transmit from HIV contaminated surfaces?

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Hi !

So, its been bugging my head a lot. Okay lets suppose there is an active teenager that runs around on public places touching everything he saw, toilet seats(or the wet part of the toilet most people never touch), toilet flush, door handles, elevator button, safety rails, and as I say, anything touched by most people in public places. Then he gets home and touches the tip of his penis which is currently ejaculating(he's on puberty). Is it possible for HIV to transmit from HIV contaminated surfaces such as public places then to the tip of his ejaculating penis? What other risk could this behavior cause?
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replied March 26th, 2012
HIV and AIDS Answer A33207
Welcome to e health forum.

HIV is not transmitted via contact of skin with toilet surfaces, and other surfaces described in your history. For HIV to be transmitted, HIV contaminated fluid has to be directly deposited within body tissues.

PLEASE NOTE that HIV is transmitted by any activity where body fluids are exchanged, such as:

1. Unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex
2. Inoculation of infected blood into the body - as in Intravenous drug users who share needles and syringes.
3. Poorly sterilized dental and medical equipment
4. Unhygienic tattooing and Unhygienic acupuncture - where needles are reused.
5. Poorly screened blood transfusions
6. HIV infected mother to child transmission

Remember, HIV is not transmitted by:

1. Hugging a person,
2. Dancing
3. Sharing food or drinks
4. Using a shower, bath, or bed used by an HIV person
5. Kissing (between people with no significant dental problems)
6. Sharing exercise equipment or
7. Bug bites
8. Contact of HIV infected fluids on intact skin.

In case, you think, that you have had a risk of HIV infection, then you might consult with your doctor, who can counsel you, and accordingly you can get screened for HIV infection.

I hope this helps.

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