Anonymous
This is probably me being paranoid, but i wanted to check with you to be sure. While eating with an infected person, at one point, our forks entered in contact. Since I had an small wound in my mouth, I slightly wiped the fork before continue eating (of course, I wiped it secretly to be sensitive). To add more detail, there was no apparent blood in the fork.
The question is, is there any possibility to be infected at all? I understand from reading that there needs to be a high viral load for infection to be possible, the problem is that I don't know how much is a high viral load (e.g. a drop of blood, etc.).
Thank you very much in advanced for your answer and all your help! I will feel much more at ease with your answer, since I am worried due to the wound I had in my mouth.
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Anonymous
Thank you for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline forum,

It sounds like you are distressed about having acquired HIV from sharing a fork with a HIV positive individual. You have a taken a great step by contacting us for your concern about your health.

Sharing utensils is No Risk for HIV. Saliva contains an enzyme that inhibits HIV. Furthermore, HIV once exposed to air is not transmittable.
Also the small wound in your mouth would not be a way for HIV to enter your bloodstream. In order for HIV to enter the bloodstream the wound would have to be severe and require special health care attention. This
I noticed that you talked about eating with someone who has acquired HIV. It is important to note, that if you have concerns or are curious, perhaps have a dialogue and talk with them. A person living with HIV is already experiencing barriers. It is important that we have discussions.

To answer your question about how much a high viral load is in order to increase risk. Each country has different measurements and viral load levels to distinguish risk. Partner with a health organisation in your area to see what they recognize as high or low viral levels. It is important to note, while viral levels are a concern, it is more the activity and risk related to activities.

I hope this alleviates some of your discomfort about having acquired HIV because sharing utensils is a no risk activity. If you feel like you are still distressed about your situation, please contact your health care provider. At AIDS Vancouver we recommend everyone to get tested for HIV. If you live in BC, this is done in hospitals. Also, consider checking out our website for more information about detection and transmission of HIV.

I hope we have answered your questions and you have gained a better understanding about how HIV is transmitted and detected.

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