Anonymous
can you catch AIDS by drinking beer that has AIDS blood in it.
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Anonymous
Hi there! Thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online with your HIV related questions and concerns. We're happy to help!

First of all, just to clarify, AIDS is the last stage of the progression of the disease that is caused by the virus called HIV. So you acquire HIV, not AIDS. AIDS results if treatment is not provided after becoming HIV positive.

To answer your question, no this situation would not put you at risk of acquiring HIV for a couple different reasons.

First of all, in your mouth, saliva has an enzyme that breaks down HIV, making it more difficult to acquire through the mouth. Second, there wouldn't be any direct access to the blood stream.

Finally, for blood to get inside of that beverage from someone else, it would have had to first be exposed to air. Once HIV is exposed to air, it becomes damaged and can no longer be passed on, eliminating the risk.

I am attaching here the HIV transmission equation which makes it more clear exactly what is required to provide risk of transmission:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
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• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection
Hopefully this helped!

Sincerely,
Christina

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