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$40 burger!
Mar 8, 2009

I had a quick question. I will donate $40 for some advice. Today I bought a hamburger and 15 mins later when I got home, I put it in the microwave for 1 min. By that time it was steaming hot... I couldn't bite into it right away. I took off the bun so it could cool, and I noticed what looked like blood on the patty. Let's say someone with HIV bled on my burger and then I ate it. I had peeled my lips earlier (2 hours prior) so they were bleeding, so it was a pretty fresh cut....would this be a risk? What if I had cuts in my mouth??

I'm trying to be rational and say it was some tomato dripping that was in it that I took out before I went to heat it, because I hate tomato!!

Please give me some words of wisdom. I would truly appreciate any advice!!

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

You state: "I'm trying to be rational . . . ." OK. Exactly how rational is it to consider someone with HIV would bleed on your burger??? Do you also worry about being mauled by a rabid Tasmanian devil who escaped from a traveling Australian circus? Dude, even in the "so remote it's essentially nonexistent" hypothetical situation that an HIVer hemorrhaged onto your In-N-Out burger, your HIV-acquisition risk remains nonexistent. (You had a 15-minute interval since picking it up at the drive-through; you zapped it in the microwave; and you only took a nibble off the bun frevinsakes!)

Thanks for your donation to the Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation (www.concertedeffort.org). Stop worrying. Enjoy your burger and save me some fries.

Dr. Bob



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