A 27-year-old member asked:
A family member is living with me and has syphiliscan we get the disease from them using our toilet?
2 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 43 years experience
It is possible.: If the infected person has a "chancre" which is an open lesion teeming with the syphillis organism, and touches the surface of the toilet with that lesion, then one could get direct contact of their body (genitals) on that innoculum and contract syphillis. It would be very unlikely but it is possible. Don't want to scare your and this is very much out of the ordinary but possible. Be careful!
6.2k viewsReviewed Sep 05, 2019
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
No risk, no worry: Syphilis and other STDs are transmitted only directly, i.e. by sex with the infected person. Never by contaminated environments or non-intimate contact. Also, assuming the infected person has been treated (usually with penicillin), within 24 hours s/he is non-contagious even with sex.
142 viewsReviewed Sep 07, 2019
A 21-year-old female asked:
Can you get any type of diseases from using a public toilet ?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
3.8k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Sep 7, 2019
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