Anonymous
Last week on my way to home, I stopped at a small beverage stall & drank lime water, when I had finished half of glass, I noticed some red stain on it when I asked the person who was serving it, I saw him putting band aid on his cut finger, he told me that he got cut while cutting lemon for my drink. I immediately threw away the drink & now I am really worried,
1. Can I get Hiv if my drink had some of his blood drops
2. If not lime water, suppose some one drinks plain water with blood drops can Hiv be transmitted.
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. I am happy to answer your questions.

1. No, you cannot get HIV from drinking blood. This is because drinking anything does not provide direct access for the HIV virus to enter your bloodstream. So, you could essentially drink a cup of blood and nothing would happen in terms of HIV.

2. Same as question 1, drinking water with blood in it does not put you at risk for HIV transmission. Furthermore, the virus dies when it is exposed to air. Therefore, the person making your drink could not have put you at risk because his blood was exposed to air because it was bleeding outside of his body into his bandaid.

I hope I have answered your questions. Feel free to post again if you have any more, or visit our website for more information at http://www.aidsvancouver.org.

In health,

Caroline

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online Volunteer

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm PST

604-253-0566 ext 299

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