Anonymous
I have always been worried about HIV. Today I have my 3 month test confirming I was negative.
i went for steak and chips to celebrate. On eating I noticed something hard in my mouth, I noticed it was a small part of a tooth. I do have a chipped tooth on the side I was chewing the steak, they appears to be another chip round the back of the tooth I did not notice. I am now worried it was the cook had put a chipped on my plate and I now may have HIV. Though I am not sure I would have put the chipped tooth in my mouth as I was eating the steak and chips with a fork. I hope it is my tooth
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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission in the event that you had ingested a chipped tooth, while eating steak at a restaurant. 

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

This scenario is determined to be of No Risk because it does not satisfy our HIV Transmission Equation. In order for transmission to occur, a number of requirements must be met. HIV transmission requires the presence of HIV positive fluid (such as semen, vaginal fluid, pre-cum, rectal fluid, breastmilk, etc), coupled with a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity, that provides the virus with direct access to the bloodstream. 

In this case, there has been no direct access to the bloodstream through any activity that would warrant a risk of HIV transmission. 

Below is a visual representation of our HIV Transmission Equation for ease: 

Helpline Transmission Equation .jpg
Recommendation: No need for HIV testing with the scenario provided. Please refer to a physician for any additional health related information. 

All the best, 

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody

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