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Can I Get HIV by Drinking Out of the Same Glass as an Infected Person?

August 18, 2016

Absolutely not. There is no risk whatsoever in using a glass, a cup, a plate, a spoon or any other everyday household object that a person living with HIV has used.

For HIV to be transmitted, the virus has to be present in a body fluid which then enters another person's bloodstream. However HIV is not present in infectious quantities in saliva. Just as there is no risk in kissing a person with HIV, there is no risk in using an object that has had contact with their saliva.

While we're on the subject of ways you can't get HIV, it's also impossible to acquire the infection from a toilet seat, from a swimming pool, through mosquito bites, by donating blood, or through contact with saliva, tears, sweat, feces or urine.

More on HIV Transmission Risks at

To find out more about how HIV is passed on, we recommend the following articles:

In addition, our Q&A experts sometimes address questions about transmission risks in our "Ask the Experts" forums. Here are some of those questions and our experts' responses:

  • HIV risk from sharing glasses from an HIV positive with mouth ulcer
    I used the same glass two hours after my HIV positive brother used it. If my brother has an open mouth ulcer and I also have that ulcer and sharing the same glass TWO HOURS after he used it, Am I at risk for HIV.
  • peoples have some cracks on their lips
    During sharing these drinks, there were some possibility of attaching the some blood on the glass from lips. which is sharing by us. Can this sharing of glass is risky? What will be the chances of HIV infection?

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