Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Chance of getting infected with HIV


Hi John,

I live in a room with an individual that is infected with HIV which I just found out. I had a medium size paper cut on my thumb around 4 hours before I potentially got infected by the HIV virus. I potentially got infected when I cleaned our shared toilet seat with plain cold water and soap and `my paper cut thumb` without gloves directly touched the top of the paper that I was wiping the toilet seat. I saw dried urine on the seat and dried blood and also some dried phlegm in the sink. On top of that, the individual also doesn`t wash his hands after going to the washroom and touches the doorknob afterwards.

Therefore, what are my chances of getting infected by HIV? Is it very high or is it low?


You have a greater chance of being attacked by Martian's than getting HIV from your roommate UNLESS you are: having sex with him, drinking his blood, or doing drugs with him. HIV is a fragile virus and doesn't live outside the body for more than a couple of seconds, so you should never worry about him bleeding unless he's bleeding all over you like a zombie :P



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John Brice


Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.


3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

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Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

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*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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