whitedoor2000

So I posted the "hiv from food" question a few weeks back. You mentioned it was no risk and HIV becomes 90-99% inactive within hours...and said it was a no risk situation. But I ate my sandwich more like 15-20 minutes after the guy making it. Is it still a no risk situation? 


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helpline-volunteer
Hi there,

Thank you for your follow-up and for providing further information to your original inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of HIV transmission shortly after eating food that potentially came into contact with gloves that may have been contaminated with blood. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

According to the CDC, "even if the food contained small amounts of HIV-infected fluid (such as blood or semen), exposure to the air, heat from cooking, and stomach acid would destroy the virus" (1). The only instance where HIV can be spread by eating food is "if it has been pre-chewed by someone with HIV", however, the only known cases are among infants.

Furthermore, as I mentioned in my previous post, even if you consumed food that was possibly contaminated with an HIV positive fluid, HIV does not spread through saliva (1). Saliva can "inhibit HIV replication in infected cells and can rapidly kill HIV-infected leukocytes" (2). 

Recommendation: No need for HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Best regards,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Shirley

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Additional Resources: 
(1) HIV Transmission Basics
(2) The Oral Mucosa Immune Environment and Oral Transmission of HIV/SIV
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