Anonymous
Hi team, I called and spoke to Moe and he confirmed all of the below and restated that the air in the bottle even if the bottle had a cap on it, once open, the air would kill any HIV virus within 30-60 seconds, thus NO RISK

So my final and last question is, ..........so if no risk, can we assume then that based on just this incident, there is no need for testing?Thanks

PS- Name is Not Griffin it is Marc



Drinking Blood Or Semen
Thursday, October 30th
HIV Transmission
No Risk
Question:
Hi team, I came across the below in your Q&A.
I too had something similar to this as a joke played on me.

When reading all of the below, it seems impossible that if someone duped a drink with blood, semen etc the virus would die immediately. I simply have one question:

Question- If, someone did put HIV infected blood into a drink and within a minute I drank it, and I had small cuts in my mouth from flossing or something like that, is their any risk, or is the virus dead and NO risk???

See below

Griffin

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Thursday, June 19th
HIV Transmission
No Risk
Question:
Griffin, I am not trying to give you guys a hard time. I respect the fact that only sex and drugs are high risk, but I want to ensure NO risk with my below questions. I totally understand the original situation I described was no risk. But being I was not there with my son, I want to ensure that if any other variables such as the below, were present, he is still NOT at risk. Can you kindly answer the 3 questions and that will be the last I ask on this topic?

1. Even if the quantity of blood or semen in the bottle was more than the quantity of brandy, it is still NO RISK correct?
2. Even if the blood or semen was added into the bottle only ONE MINUTE before my son drank it, the HIV would be DEAD and still NO RISK correct even if he had micro cuts in his mouth?
3. Regardless of any variables, drinking blood or semen in a bottle after being exposed to oxygen there is NO RISK of HIV transmission, correct?

Maggie
Thursday, June 19th
No Risk
No Risk
Question:
Maggie, first of all THANK YOU for your patience you guys are great at what you do.

I probably sound silly repeating questions in different forms but I just want to be sure you understand what I am asking on below .

Can you simply confirm, that the following is true and that I am 100% correct in understanding your answers.

1. Even if the quantity of blood or semen in the bottle was more than the quantity of brandy, it is still NO RISK correct?
2. Even if the blood or semen was added into the bottle only ONE MINUTE before my son drank it, the HIV would be DEAD and still NO RISK correct?
3. Regardless of any variables, drinking blood or semen in a bottle after being exposed to oxygen there is NO RISK of HIV transmission, correct?

Thank you kindly

Answer:
Hi there,

Thank you for following up. As Maggie said, the situation you have described is not a risk for HIV transmission. At AIDS Vancouver, we do our best to not engage in what-if situations, as these are not helpful when it comes to determining risk. The only high-risk activities with regards to HIV transmission are unprotected anal or vaginal sex, and injecting with shared needles.

The situation you have described is not a risk for HIV transmission.

Answer:
Hi there, thank you for contacting us again!

I would also agree with the answers Griffin and Maggie provided you.

Regarding your three questions, you are right, your son is not at risk whatsoever in all three cases. Even if, by some chance, some living virus were to have gotten into your son's mouth or stomach he would still not become infected as there is actually an enzyme in saliva that effectively inhibits the virus and the virus would also die immediately upon exposure to the acids of the stomach.

I hope that puts you at ease, if any other questions come up please contact us again!

In health,

Arne, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer

Answer:
Hi there,

Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for HIV related information.

I agree with all the answers my fellow volunteers have provided to that chain of forum posts. There is no risk of contracting HIV from drinking HIV-containing blood from a cup or drink. HIV is an extremely weak virus that dies immediately once outside the human body and exposed to the air. Your saliva also contains enzymes that inhibit the growth and transmission of HIV. With both these facts in mind, it is not possible to contract HIV through drinking blood from a cup.

Finally, even if your mouth had small cuts in it, HIV transmission could not occur. HIV transmission requires the direct access of HIV+ blood into your own bloodstream. Your body starts to repair itself once you get cut, building natural defences/barriers against HIV and other viruses and pathogens. Any small cut would already have a complex lattice of defences that protects against HIV from accessing your bloodstream. When you combine the body's natural defences and saliva's ability to inhibit the growth and transmission of HIV, there is no risk of contracting HIV from this situation.

I trust I have addressed your concerns. Please write back if you have any further questions.

In good health,

Tiina

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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Anonymous
Hi Marc, thanks for contacting us again!

You are correct, if the experience is deemed 'no risk' there is no need to be tested.

I hope that alleviates any last anxiety you are experiencing. Keep in mind that the HIV virus is very hard to transmit and transmission only really occurs as a result of certain sexual activities, injection drug use, or mother-to-child transmission.

In health,

Arne, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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