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Is it possible to get HIV from a sex toy?

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Yes, it is possible to get HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) from a sex toy if it is shared between people and a condom is not used, or if it is shared before it is properly cleaned. 

For there to be a risk, the toy would need to come in contact with vaginal fluid, pre cum, semen, blood or rectal mucous.

Once outside the body HIV does not survive for long. There is a higher chance of passing HIV or other STIs when sex toys are passed directly between people.

Click here for more information on the care and cleaning of sex toys.

Please leave a comment to let us know if this answers your question or if you need more info.

Health Nurse

 

 

This answer was posted on September 20, 2012

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