Oct 18, 2002
Hi, Can HIV be transmitted through sharing a glass of drink with an infected person? Thank you.
| Response from Mr. Kull
There is no evidence (based on reporting by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that anyone has ever been infected by sharing a drinking glass with an HIV infected person. Modes of transmission have been closely monitored for the past twenty years of the AIDS epidemic, and HIV is still only known to be transmitted through sexual and blood contact, and from mother-to-infant. The type of contact you are describing is sometimes called "casual contact" and is not responsible for transmission.
Please read the CDC fact sheet HIV and its Transmission.
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