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Blood in ice water



I was at the bar with friends 5 nights ago and had asked the bartender for a cup of ice water. I noticed he filled a cup that was already filled with ice on the bar (closer to the bartender side than the patron side). I don't know if he had already prepared a cup of ice before he took my order but took it and drank about a 1/4 of it since I was so thirsty but stopped. I had this horrible thought of what if that was someone else's cup he just filled. And what if said person had gotten blood in the cup by accident. I know this sounds far fetched and a bit paranoid, but I suffer from OCD and I haven't been able to stop thinking about this. Can someone become infected with HIV if fresh HIV positive blood was in a cup of ice water and they drank it? And what if they had cuts in their mouth or sore gums?




Hello there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about your risk of acquiring HIV through sharing glassware, utensils, food and water with a person of HIV + status. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the transmission equation because:

Sharing food, dishes and utensils with a HIV + person is not considered a method of transmission. If food contained small amounts of HIV-infected blood, semen, or saliva, exposure to the air, heat from cooking, and stomach acid would destroy the virus (1).

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions

Best, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody