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Eating WIth Sore Throat?

Question: 

Hello.

I suffer from paranoia and anxiety, and recently I had some issues that I'd like you to clear up.

A few days ago, I was eating some food with some family, and I so happened to have a sore throat.
After I left, I was wondering if I could have possibly got HIV from something possibly placed in the food. The reason I'm in a panic is because of the sore throat, and I was wondering if that could possibly increase or decrease.

Could this pose any risk?

Thank you very much.

Answer: 

Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It sounds like you are concerned about the likelihood of acquiring HIV from food.

It is important to note that HIV cannot be transmitted from an inanimate object. This is because the HIV virus is very fragile and begins to breakdown immediately. The process of the virus breaking down makes it no longer transmissible. Furthermore, for HIV transmission to be possible there needs to be a body fluid, an activity and a direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream. Thus, you would be at No Risk of acquiring HIV from something possibly being placed in your food. Below I have attached an HIV Transmission chart, which shows the necessary factors required for HIV transmission to be possible.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION

BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection

= RISK OF HIV TRANSMISSION

I hope this information has been helpful and thanks again for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Regards,

Chris, Volunteer

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