Anonymous


Hello!
It's been 7 weeks since this incident happened. I had a road side stall condiment/food. The guy preparing it wasn't wearing gloves or anything of that sort. I didn't notice any cuts or bruises on his palms but I didn't get a close look. I had the food within a minute after he prepared it. I had a very very small ulcer in my mouth!
What if there was a small amount of blood on the food? Is there any chance of HIV infection?
I know this is a low risk situation, maybe even no risk .
I'd like to know given that the food wasn't heated and there was a very small ulcer in my mouth, what kind of risk this situation is.
Also, have you ever heard of , even outside of your organisation, of HIV infection through food?

Appreciate any response to this query!
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It sounds like you re concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after eating food from a street vendor who was not wearing gloves.

This is a No Risk situation. To our knowledge, none of the practices in this category (ie: consuming food) have ever been demonstrated to lead to HIV infection.

* HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen (on a hand, on or in food), it can no longer transmit.

* HIV is a human to human virus. HIV cannot be passed on to you via an object or food.

* Saliva has an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources for more information about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • CATIE


  • Thanks again for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary

    AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online
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