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Question: 

I gave a bottle of water to one guy for drink. At this day he has a dental operation, his tooth was deleted, after I drank from this bottle too. Am I at risk in this situation. Maybe there was a blood in the bottle, or maybe I had sores in mouth?
Thank you

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information.

It seems you're concerned about the possibility of HIV transmission.

The situation that you have described is a No Risk situation. This means that to our knowledge, none of the practices in this category have ever been demonstrated to lead to HIV infection.

Why?

  • HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. Any fluids on or in the bottled water are outside or the body and exposed to oxygen.

  • HIV is a Human-to-Human virus. You cannot get HIV from touching an object (ie: drinking from a water bottle)

  • Saliva has an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV.

  • There was no direct access to your bloodstream. Any sores in your mouth would not provide direct access to the bloodstream.

I would also encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

Thank you again for contacting AIDS Vancouver Helpline Online

Cheers,

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online helpline.aidsvancouver.org