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Water Mug Risk?

May 23, 2001

Hello Doctors, I am an Indian male age 20 years, I want to know if a person with fresh injury on his lip drinks water from a water mug and later after some time say 1 minute I also drink water from the same mug. And If The person was HIV positive am I at risk of HIV infection. I am asking this question because in a birthday party this happened with me. I read all Safe Sex & Prevention posts and I really liked your work Thanks for this amazing and helping forum.

Response from Mr. Kull

There is no evidence (based on reporting by the Centers for Disease Control) that anyone has ever been infected by sharing a drinking glass with an HIV positive person. If you get HIV infected blood in your mouth, then infection is possible. It just seems unlikely that this happened in the incident you describe.

Please read the CDC fact sheet "HIV and its Transmission" ( for more information on transmission.


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