Anonymous
a 1 month ago,i was eating fast food on roadside vendor....his fingure is cutts & band-aid is use for it....and then he again make a dish which was eating by me...
so plz identify for hiv transmission or not....
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

To answer your question, no, this is not a method of transmission for HIV, and is considered a no risk situation. HIV is a very delicate virus, and cannot survive for long outside of the human body. Once is it exposed to the air, the virus becomes damaged and is no longer able to transmit. Any food that would have eaten would have already been exposed to the air, and thus would not be able to transmit the virus.

Furthermore, in order for a cut or wound to pose as a risk for HIV, the cut needs to be gushing blood and require immediate and professional medical attention. A small cut that does not match this description would not provide direct access for the virus to enter the bloodstream, and thus would not be a risk for HIV transmission.

Here is a copy of the AIDS Vancouver transmission equation to help further your understanding:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection

As you can see, all three factors (body fluid, activity, direct access to bloodstream) must be present in order for there to be a risk of transmission.

I hope I was able to answer your question, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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