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Share something with HIV person, any risk?


Hi, administrator.I have some worried situations to ask you. I just known that one of my friend has HIV+ (I don't know she has HepB and HepC or not) . And I realize that I used to share something with her.

1.I shared food with her. We eat the soup from the same bowl. She put her spoon in her mouth and the put it in the bowl again. After that, I used my spoon to eat from that bowl. If that time both I and her had bleeding gum, there was a risk or not?
2.We used the same water dispenser. Once, she used her glass to collect water from that dispenser and I immediately used my glass to collect water after her. I afraid maybe there was some of her saliva (or mix with her blood) left on the dispenser and my glass touched her saliva and then I immediately drank. Any risk?

From 2 situations mentioned above, Do I need to go to clinic to test for HIV, and Hep?


Hello there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about your risk of acquiring HIV through sharing glassware, utensils, food and water with a person of HIV + status. 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 because:

Sharing food, dishes and utensils with a HIV + person is not considered a method of transmission. If food contained small amounts of HIV-infected blood, semen, or saliva, exposure to the air, heat from cooking, and stomach acid would destroy the virus (1).

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