Anonymous
I have sent this same question some minutes ago. But I realized all the information was not there. Please consider this one as the valid one. Thank you.

A person who helps at home grated carrot for the salad. Some 20 minutes later we ate the salad (uncooked). After a while I saw that this person had hurt her finger. I asked her what had happened and she said she had hurt grating the carrot. I do not know her HIV status but if positive, and if some blood felt from her injury into the salad, was it dangerous for us (those who ate the salad)?
I recalled that my son had some mouth sores and I worried more…
Thank you.
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Anonymous
Thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver.

We would not see any risk of acquiring HIV from the scenario you described. HIV is a weak virus and you cannot get HIV after it has been exposed to air. Since any blood that may have gotten on the salad would have been exposed to air, it would not have put you or anyone else who ate the salad at risk of acquiring HIV. That said, it may not have been hygienic for other reasons.

Yours in health,

Matt, AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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