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hiv sharing food

Question: 

if i share a chips bag with someone and we both touch the chips inside the bag, and if he has hiv positive blood on his hands/fingers, and he touches the chips, and i eat them after, can i get hiv this way? and can you get hiv if you eat somebodys food/candy and they have hiv positive blood on their fingers/hands and the hiv positive blood gets on the food/chips/candy and i eat it? can i get hiv this way?

Answer: 

Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV tranmission through sharing a bag of chips with a person who is bleeding, and is living with HIV. Similarily, you were asking about the same possibility in the event that you ate food or candy with HIV positive blood.

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (HIV transmission is not possible in the given scenario).

Sharing food, drinks, utensils, or dishes with those who are living with HIV is not considered an avenue for HIV transmission. HIV positive blood that has been in contact with food, and then subsequently ingested, is also not considered to be an avenue of HIV transmission.

Recommendation: No need for HIV testing, please refer to health care provider for more questions.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody