Anonymous
Hi there,

So I ordered food for my dinner and I decided to just eat them in my place. When they were handed to me, I noticed the package handle to be wet and greasy.When I reached home, I unconciously touched my eyes and mouth from the same hand that touched the greasy part before I even have the chance to wash my hands. Now, I'm worried. Though the wetness could just be due to the food, it could also come from an HIV positive person who prepared my food and the wetness could be due to his sweat or perhaps other body fluids and got transferred in my eyes and mouth. Am I at risk from this event for HIV? Thank you
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Online Helpline.

There is no risk of acquiring HIV from touching the greasy surface of your food container and then touching your eyes/mouth. When HIV in bodily fluids (such as blood) is exposed to the air it becomes non-transmissible. Any bodily fluids that may have been on the container that had your food would have first been exposed to the air and would not contain transmissible HIV.

HIV is only transmitted through certain bodily fluids (blood, semen, rectal secretions, pre-cum, vaginal fluids, or breast milk), it is not transmitted through sweat.

For more information about HIV you can visit CATIE.ca or the AIDS Vancouver website.

I hope this information helps to answer your questions.

Isla (Volunteer)

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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