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Drank from a water fountain immediately after HIV affected person

Question: 

I drank from a water fountain immediately after an HIV affected person did. Could I have come in contact with the virus?

Thank you,
Lindsay

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV after drinking from a water fountain that had been previously used by a person living with HIV. 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. HIV is not transmitted through saliva (1). Casual contacts such as shaking hands, hugging, sneezing, kissing, and drinking from the same glass do not have any risk of transmitting the HIV virus (1). With this is mind, your scenario presents no risk of acquiring HIV.

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

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie