Anonymous
Hi there,

This weekend I went to a bar with a friend of mine who is HIV+. During the evening I accidentally picked up his glass and took a sip of his beer that he had been drinking out of. Now normally I wouldn't be concerned, but this particular weekend I had a painful sore on my tongue that still hasn't gone away. Is there any risk to this contact? Should I be worried?
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Anonymous
Hello and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

It seems you are concerned about acquiring HIV from casual contact. We are glad to provide some information.

The activity you described is regarded as casual contact. One does not acquire HIV from casual contact. You cannot get HIV by being around someone with HIV. Or, from saliva, sweat, tears, clothes, drinking fountains, phones, or toilet seats. Or through everyday things, like sharing a meal, insect bites and stings, donating blood, or from a casual, closed-mouth kiss.

The Aids Vancouver Helpline Online forum has postings that are related to your question that you can read for additional information. If you have any further questions feel free to contact us again.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

In health

Lawrence

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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