AnonymousHello all. Two w
Hello all.
Two weeks ago I got takeout from a pizza place. When the bag arrived I noticed a red substance stuck to the inside of the bag. The bag was condensated but the substance was still stuck to the side instead of dripping down like I imagined blood would. I thought maybe pizza sauce but I tried to avoid touching it just incase. I don't know if there were any small cuts (papercuts or dry skin cracks or scrapes) on my hands. I think I washed my hands after eating.
But yesterday I developed a sore throat...
I'm worried if I did touch the wet substance and this is now HIV
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Hi there,


Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of HIV transmission from touching blood with small cuts on your hands and consuming food handled by someone with HIV.  From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The blood present on the bag would not pose a risk for HIV transmission because it does not meet the three components of the transmission equation. HIV does not survive long outside the body (such on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside of the human host (1). When HIV is exposed to oxygen it undergoes a rapid decrease in concentration (90-99% within a couple of hours), so the risk of environmental transmission of HIV is essentially zero (2). Furthermore, small superficial cuts would not provide sufficient access to your bloodstream. It is also important to note that you cannot contract HIV by ingesting food handled or prepared by someone living with HIV. Even if an HIV positive fluid came into contact with your food, the heat from cooking and your stomach acid would destroy the virus (1).Helpline Transmission Equation .jpg

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


 

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AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Rashell

 

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References:
1.) Basics of HIV Transmission
2.) HIV in the Environment
 


 

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