Anonymous
Hi,
I have a regular bleeding in my mouth due to some gum problem. Some days ago, I went to a very dirty restaurant and ordered a sandwich. I noticed that there is blood in the guy who was preparing it nut I didn't care and finished my meal. Now I am wondering if the guy's blood dropped in my sandwich and I had it and infected with HIV. Please help me. Is it necessary to have a test?
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. We are happy to help!

There is no risk in this situation. This is because the HIV virus is a human-to-human virus. This means that it *cannot* be passed from human-to-object-to-human. The HIV virus cannot survive or be passed on once it is exposed to air outside of the body. This means that any blood on the sandwich would not be a risk to you.

It is not necessary to have a test in this situation. However, we do recommend regular testing to all those that are sexually active or engaging in high-risk activities like needle sharing in order to help maintain overall health.

In health,

Caroline

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