Transmission via bartender?
Sep 4, 2013
Is it possible to transmit HIV while bartending? A bartender made me a cocktail and had what looked like to be a seemingly fresh cut on his finger. I didn't see gushing blood, but his finger had some blood on it, looked swollen, etc. He was making me a Bloody Mary (ironic, I know) and he put his cut finger on garnishes that went into my drink (which were eaten as well) and also touched the straws with the cut finger that went into my glass. If this bartender was HIV+, am I at risk of transmission this way?
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi No, you can not get HIV from touching an inanimate object. Transmission of HIV from a contaminated surface would require massive exposure to blood or other infected liquid for a prolonged period of time. Though not a great health controlled setting to have a cut on your hand not covered getting HIV through this is not likely.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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