Anonymous
Hello friends.
I was really so quiet, I found a scratch on the palate. If my food is eaten or a bowl of chopsticks or straws and drinking water is contaminated with blood, then I have a risk of hiv infection. Do I need to use pep and test
I hope to get an answer soon
Thanks very much
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about risk of HIV acquisition from a scratch on the palate (small wound in mouth). From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk Transmission of HIV is not possible with the given scenario. (No exchange of bodily fluids)

HIV is NOT transmitted through: saliva,(saliva contains enzymes that inhibit HIV) mosquito bites, toilet seats, swimming, holding hands, coughing, sharing space with an HIV positive individual, food: if food contained small amounts of HIV-infected blood or semen, exposure to the air, heat from cooking, and stomach acid would destroy. HIV is not transmitted by food handling even if it is prepared by an HIV positive person.[1]

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

Regards,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, (Vardah)

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