Anonymous
Hi!

I recently went to a fast food restaurant and ordered some sandwiches and a soda to bring home.The server taped the lid of my drink to prevent it from spilling.When I got home, it happened that the tape dipped in my drink and this was probably the part of the tape that was touched by the server.I was not sure but supposed that the food server was HIV positive, Was it then possible that the virus could have been transferred from his hands into the tape and got dipped in my drink and then I drink the soda?Was this a risk on my part.I hope that I am not thinking too much.Thanks
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

The situation that you have described is considered a No Risk situation. HIV is a very delicate virus. Upon contact with air, it becomes damaged and is no longer to transmit. This means that any fluid, dried or otherwise, that you would find on a surface (such as the tape you described) poses no risk for HIV transmission, because the virus is no longer able to transmit.

Furthermore, any fluid that you swallow travels through your oesophagus (the tube that connect your mouth to your stomach) and straight into your stomach, which is very acidic and immediately degrades the fluid, and thus the virus.

I hope I have answered your questions, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

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Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

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