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eating food in a restaurant
Sep 30, 2001

recently I ate a sandwich at a sub shop and the sandwich preparer blew his nose once while he prepared my sanswich.After i ate the sandwich I began wondering some of the mucous of the sandwich preparer may have gotten on my food just before I ate it.My question is: Is there any risk of HIV transmission if an HIV+ person coughs on, sneezes on, or gets nasal fluid on my food just before I eat it, as might happen in a restaurant. Thank you.

Response from Mr. Kull

There is no evidence that people get infected with HIV by having their food prepared by HIV positive people. HIV is not an airborne virus, so the risk for infection (even if your food preparer was HIV infected) is nonexistent. See "Can I get HIV from casual contact?" (http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pubs/faq/faq31.htm).

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