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HIV from food

May 30, 2014

Hi, Three days ago one of my friend prepared salad for us. when he was chopping tomatos he cut one of his finger. small amount of blood was mixed up in the salad. 1-2 two minutes after the cutting we had eaten the salad. Now i am worried about aids. Is it possible to infected by hiv in this situation. There was no obvious wound in my mount but i do not know whetheer there were some lesion or something like that.

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi No need to worry, HIV cannot be transmitted in this manner. First HIV begins to die once it leaves the body and becomes unable to infect. HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted. Not the best practice to continue preparing after cutting yourself but again the risk of transmission is zero.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon

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