justaperson
Last year, I drank alcohol at a club that a stranger offered me. They brought it from home. I've been getting sick constantly ever since. Is it possible that I have AIDS?
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about whether your feelings of illness after drinking alcohol from a stranger may be attributed to AIDS. 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 HIV transmission equation (see image below), as there is no bodily fluid involved which would have direct access to enter your bloodstream.

Furthermore, it is nearly impossible to attribute your illness to HIV. Symptoms of HIV present differently from one person to another and many symptoms of HIV are identical to other illnesses, such as the common cold/flu. One's HIV status cannot be determined without testing confirmation.

Lastly, it is important to consider the difference between HIV and AIDS. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus, while acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is caused by prolonged infection with HIV. Once HIV infection has significantly weakened an individual's immune system to the point where they're unable to fight off opportunistic infections, that person is diagnosed as having AIDS.

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

Best regards,
AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline,
Shirley

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