Anonymous
Hi. I've been going through hell recently, torturing myself. The situation happened at work. There was semen in soy milk I took from the fridge. I suspect one of the cleaners did it. I am terrified. I drank the milk with my coffee. The soy milk is a closed, sealed container that kept in the fridge might keep the virus alive, right? Also, I'm taking PPIs (I suffer from acid reflux) , so do not have stomach acid in my stomach. Please tell me if the situation posed me at any risk?
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV through semen contaminated soy milk. 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 three components of the transmission equation include HIV positive *bodily fluid* having *direct access* to the bloodstream through a *high risk activity*.

Bodily fluid that can carry HIV include: blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions (1).
Direct access to the bloodstream through: cuts, tears, rips, mucous membranes, open sores, or needles (1).
High risk activities where the exchange of bodily fluid and direct access occur that would satisfy transmission: unprotected sex, sharing needles, unsafe tattoos or piercings, vertical transmission–from mother to child (in utero, during delivery, breastfeeding) (1).

The scenario mentioned does not satisfy these three components for transmission to occur. There may have been bodily fluid, but no direct access to the bloodstream or high risk activity involved.

Please consider this information for HIV : HIV does not survive *long* outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host (2). The optimum temperature for HIV to survive outside the body is 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) (3). This temperature is not a typical fridge temperature.

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


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