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Yogurt in fridge

Question: 

Hi
I have a question and i hope you will answer me
Today i went to a store to buy a yogurt. When i took it out from fridge i feel something viscous on my hand. Maybe it is a stupid question but what if it was, i felt, semen. I read an article on Aidsmap.com that HIV can survive on cold temperature.
So could i get HIV by this way?
Sorry for my bad english

Gabor

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from liquid in a food container. 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. The transmission equation requires that bodily fluid that contains HIV has direct access to the bloodstream of an individual of HIV negative status through a high risk activity. The five bodily fluids that carry the HIV virus include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions (1). The direct access to the bloodstream can be through cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles (1). High risk activity includes: unprotected sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding) (1). In this scenario only one of these are potentially satisfied is bodily fluid. There was no direct access to the bloodstream and no high risk activity that occurred.

It is important to note that HIV does not survive for long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host (1). In this case HIV inside a food container would become inactive due to exposure to the air. HIV is not spread from consuming food handled by someone with HIV positive status (2). Even if the food contained small amounts of HIV-infected blood or semen, exposure to the air, heat from cooking, and stomach acid would destroy the virus (2).

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

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle