Anonymous
Is it a risk if you can taste blood in food? I know it has been stated that you could technically drink a cup of blood and nothing would happen (this question/answer I found under the header "Lime Water") but is it true? If you have blood mixed into food / out in the air, does it matter how much of it is there? Tasted something funny in my salad but thought it may have just been the mushrooms, not sure anymore now though and am scared that I have put myself at risk by swallowing the whole thing down...thanks for your reply!
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for contacting the Helpline!

The HIV virus can only be passed human-to-human. This means that it can no longer be passed if it has contacted an inanimate object such as food. This is because the HIV virus needs a human host to survive, so once it is separated from its host, it can no longer live in the external environment. For these reasons it is more likely that the food you ate was just distasteful to your palate or had gone bad. There is no risk for HIV transmission.

If you need further information regarding how HIV is transmitted, there are resources on our website to do search through. I suggest taking a look through them!

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Caroline

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