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Hiv from sharing food


the other day I gave a piece of meat to my uncle no sure if he to a bit or tore it with his hands, lets say he got a bite, then he passed it back and I ate it. I did not have any cuts in my mouth. about 10 minutes later I accidentaly bit made my toung bleed a bit. I am really scared maybe I couuld Hiv. Please help



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of HIV transmission through sharing food. 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. Saliva is not a bodily fluid that contains the HIV virus, thus activities such as sharing dishes/food, drinking from the same glass, or social kissing have no risk of HIV transmission (1). The only situation in which there is a small risk for HIV transmission is if the food you ate had been pre-chewed by someone living with HIV (1).

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


AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie