Anonymous
So I have a sore throat, and have coughed up phlegm with strings of blood in it - so I'm just assuming that my throat is inflamed and has is bleeding slightly.

I touched blood with my hands, and then proceeded to grab food and eat it without washing them.

Are there any risk involved with that?

And also, is it possible to get HIV through a burn?
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Anonymous
Hello there,

Thank you for your inquiry, From your question we can gather that you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission through the ingestion of blood of another individual infected with HIV who bled on the food item, and then you touched food moments later and ingested. We assume that your question is regarding a incidence where another person touches or eats the food that you had been exposed to the bodily fluid (assuming that the fluid is from you: a person living with HIV) (1).

From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (Transmission of HIV is not possible with the given scenario (No exchange of bodily fluids)).

If we assume that the food contained small amounts of HIV-positive blood or semen, exposure to air, heat from cooking, saliva, and stomach acid would destroy the virus. So I would suggest the risk level in your scenario is again, No Risk. If you would like to look up more on the topic, I will leave a link down below from a CDC source.

Regarding the possibility of acquiring HIV via contacting or scratching a burn injury, the level of risk associated is also No Risk. HIV cannot be transmitted through touching or scratching a burn injury. I have linked another reference in the bottom if you would like to look up some more info on the topic (2).

Recommendation: No need for HIV testing for the scenario's provided, please refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Thank you again for your question. If you have any more question please do not hesitate to use our helpline again.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline, J
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