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Blood in Pop Bottle


Yesterday, I was in line at work buying breakfast and a bottle of Pepsi. The guy ahead of me just bought food and no drink. When the cashier told him the price, he paid the money AND took not only his food, but my Pepsi bottle with him. He came back 10 seconds later and apologized for taking my bottle and returned it, but why would he do that to begin with? He knew he didn't buy Pepsi. It looked like the bottle's seal was still intact. A week before this incident, I tested negative for all STDs, including HIV. I hope this guy didn't try to contaminate my bottle somehow with HIV blood. Do I need to get tested for HIV again?


Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission, given a person living with HIV had opened your bottle of soda (with the possible presence of blood).

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (HIV transmission is not possible in the given scenario).

In the scenario above, it would appear to be highly unlikely that the person who had taken your soda would have been able to deposit HIV positive fluid into the bottle. Despite this, the consumption or ingestion of HIV positive fluids would not warrant a risk for HIV transmission.

Recommendation: No need for HIV screening for the scenario provided. Please refer to health care provider for additional health related questions.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody