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New transmission routes identified by CDC, does it change the bottom line?

Oct 11, 2009

Hi Dr. Frascino,

Its been a few years since I visited the forum, but am in need of your assurance/expertise again.

I know that normally HIV is not transmitted by food. But with the new evidence of the mothers pre-chewing food and all, I am now worried about my incident that occurred the other day.

The local sandwich shop food handler had a bandage on his index finger and wore plastic gloves. But I am now worried with the new evidence, what if the plastic bag teared and if he was bleeding and if some of the blood were passed through the bandage and if I ate the sandwich that he prepared, should I be worried about HIV tranmission?

If I had a small cut in my mouth from the day before, does that change your answer about HIV transmission? Medically, would you warrant a HIV test in this case?

Glad to write to you again, and your assurance is greatly appreciated. It's not always about donation, but just like always after a question, it is on its way.

Thank you. Merci!

Response from Dr. Frascino


My assessment remains unchanged: no risk! HIV testing is not warranted. The information about pre-chewing food related to infants with immature immune systems.

Thanks for your ongoing support of The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation ( It's warmly appreciated.

Stop worrying. You're fine. OK?

Dr. Bob

Why no immediate HIV test yet?

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