|HIV through food? Concerned parent...please advise.
Jan 2, 2006
Your sound advice has been very appreciative up to this point from me and my friends. Whenever there is an HIV risk question I always turn people to your site. Well, this time it's my turn.
Over the weekend I took my 8 year old son to the movies. I noticed that the food server at the concession stand had burn like marks or some type of wound on their arm. (Probably from the hot popcorn machine.) Anyway, I was late for the movie and rushed through the line and into my movie. Now, looking back on it, was I wise to allow my son to eat this food and drink? And what risks are there, if any, from hiv infection in this type of scenario? I saw no visible blood on the popcorn or bag, or on the soda. Nor did I notice how well the wound was healed. I assumed it was fine the way this individual was working, and the others acceptance her actions and appereance.
I normally do not get worried like this, but since it's my son, I tend to be over concerned. (At least I hope I am being so.)
Thanks in advance Dr. Bob, and a donation is forthcoming.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Hi Concerned Parent,
My "sound advice has been very appreciative up to this point . . . ???" Hmmm . . . OK, if you say so.
One of my first jobs during high school was in a movie theater. You are correct: those hot popcorn makers can be a real danger! However, as for eating junk food at movies, relax! HIV is not transmitted that way.
So enjoy the show and stop worrying, OK? Thanks for your donation (www.concertedeffort.org).
Stay well. Happy New Year.
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