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10 Common Fears About HIV Transmission

August 22, 2017


Eating at a Restaurant

4. Eating at a Restaurant

For some reason, restaurants make the imagination run wild. People write in with an endless string of scenarios, including a chef's accidental slip of the knife, a waitress with a scratch on her hand and a piece of food that briefly fell off someone's plate and touched the table.

But, here are the facts: In all of those infectious fantasies, there simply wouldn't be enough HIV present to pose a risk. (In most of them, there's zero chance that HIV would be present at all.) In addition, HIV doesn't live long enough outside the body for any restaurant scenario to carry a risk.

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