Anonymous
I need to your advise
I have a fever and cracked my lips. I have to eat and use the restaurant's cup. If there is fresh blood on the mouth of the cup, do I risk of hiv. Many thanks
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of HIV acquisition from sharing a cup with blood on the mouth of the cup.

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). Sharing food, drinks, utensils, or dishes are all ways in which HIV is not transmitted. Although this scenario involves blood (an avenue of HIV transmission), dried blood, or blood exposed to environmental surfaces undergoes a rapid reduction in concentration which renders the virus inactive (1).

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

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Online/Helpline, Cody
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