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Scared, please read, i drank somone's blood on accident!
Jan 23, 2002

Okay, here goes: like 6 months ago, i had a pepsi from mcdonalds and i tasted blood, and if it was positive can i contract HIV? or would the cold tempature of the pepsi kill it?

thanks!

Response from Mr. Kull

No one has been infected through a soft drink, or any other drink for that matter. I don't know if Pepsi will kill HIV, but that really isn't the issue here. HIV is just not spread during normal, day-to-day activity (sometimes referred to as casual contact).

There have been several studies that examine the risk of transmission through casual contact. Family members living with an HIV positive person in all of these studies did not become infected. Family members in these studies did not take special precautions to prevent infection and shared beds, clothes, toilets, toys, toothbrushes, food, and baby bottles. The reason that HIV is not spread in these ways is because HIV does not survive outside of the body long enough to cause infection.

Could you have imagined that you tasted blood in the Pepsi? If you did, that could mean that there might be some important psychological issues to explore (anxiety?).

RMK



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