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Eating Food off the floor with cut in Mouth

Question: 

I apologize for my probably ridiculous fear. The other day, I had been walking in a seedy area of a big city. I was later eating some candy and dropped a piece on the floor, hitting my shoe's underside. I then ate that piece, but as a I did, I bit my cheek and created a small bleed. Is there any way HIV could be spread this way? My shoe had no visible blood and was dry, but it was obviously dirty. Thanks much in advance.

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV acquisition from ingesting candy that has been exposed to an environmental surface. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be no risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

This scenario is considered to be no risk because HIV does not survive long outside of the body (such as on surfaces)(1). For this reason we do not similarly consider sharing food, drinks, utensils, or dishes routes for HIV transmission. Please consider our Transmission Equation for additional information on HIV transmission risk.

There is no need for an HIV test with the scenario provided, please refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Best, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody