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Risk of getting Herpes, HPV, or HIV from casual contact "oral hsv-2 / mixed hpv / big soup"

Jan 25, 2012


soup line with different groups daily which prepare meals ( cook , serve , etc ) ; most are returning and are visibly infected with oral hsv-2 and hpv ; some foods are heated , others cooled , and some at room temperature ;

based on some numbers ( 1 / 200 persons are infected with hiv ) ; about 5 to 10 persons per group ; groups return after about 1 month : some of the persons preparing and serving are potentially infected with oral hsv-2 && hpv && hiv viruses

according to a blood test ( statikpak rapid ) my result is non-reactive ( so as of 90 days ago )

what are the risks : a) if an hiv infected person has an open sore ( hsv-2 ) on their lips b) if an hiv infected person has an open sore ( hsv-2 ) in their nose c) if an hiv infected person has active shingles ( hsv-2 ) in their nose or on their lips

according to "Herpes is most contagious when sores are open, moist, or leaking fluid"

based on visible evidence hsv-2 and hpv are easily spread through food in this way ; what about the presence of hiv and hepatitis ;

some ideas : blood vessels , scabs , sores that are moist or leaking fluid

this is important to me and many others because after about 90 days of being very careful , receiving information that suggest that hiv is not food borne , i partook in the act of eating a meal ( spaghetti , sauce with meat , fresh cut mixed fruit , mixed lettuce , toast with toppings ) also a fresh poured glass of milk , and two cups dispensed coffee mixed with dry ( freshly stocked ) hot chocolate mix

i then got to thinking and of course searching and reading ; hopefully these concerns can be concluded with some good information ;

information regarding types of cells that shed or emit from hsv-2 and/or hpv infected cells ; and the probability sake of the existence of hiv within or around these cells ; temperature at which these cells and or viruses exist at ;

i will test again in 90 days and know how this particular incident may or may not have turned ; and until then will be careful ; should i be worried ?

thank you in advance

Response from Mr. Glenn

Thanks for the question(s)!

If I understand your situation correctly (eating/handling food that has come in contact with the HSV/HPV/HIV infected), there's no risk to you from this and therefore no need to get tested.

The information from planned parenthood is correct. I would only add that Herpes and HPV are only spread through direct skin-to-skin contact. They are not spread through food.

It's great to hear that you're working at at a soup kitchen, serving the needy is a worthwhile and important thing in this day and age. However, if you're feeling any anxiety about working with them, it might be a good idea to check with a supervisor with your concerns. There is absolutely no casual way to get Herpes, HPV, or HIV.

Hope this helps!


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