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Hepatitis Blood Risk From Food

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how risky of sharing food with hepatitis b positive?

hello! how dangerous of sharing food with hepatitis B positive? because i have friend we eat together and we share food he was hep b positive.. i just worried if her food is contaminated with hes blood. because sometimes he shared he food to us how...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Unlike hepatitis A, hepatitis B is not spread through food or sharing of food or utensils. I would not share razors or toothbrushes that could be contaminated with blood.... Read more »

HIV risk from (possible) blood left on already cooked food "Bloody Brussels"

My roommate was cooking dinner the other night when she cut her finger pretty badly. She noticed she had cut herself after seeing a drip of blood on the floor. We found 3 drops of blood when cleaning up, one right next to a pot of sauteed brussels...
Erik Glenn, M.A.

Response from Erik Glenn, M.A.

Chicago Black Gay Mens Caucus
Thanks for the question!There's absolutely <b>no risk for HIV</b> from the incident you describe.I'm glad to hear that you've been combing through our archived questions/answers! The details you're looking for pop up... Read more »

Blood into food

Hi Doctor, I recently had dinner with a friend of mine. While cutting the meat into pieces before cooking it, she told me that she had cut her finger so that is why she had to put a plaster on it. According to the fact that her blood could have been...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question.In the 15-20 years that we have been studying this disease, there has neverbeen a case of HIV transmission from food. This is for several reasons. First of all, the HIV virus will not live outside the body for more... Read more »

pre-chewed food + donation question PRE-CHEWED FOOD, HIV TRANSMISSION RISK, 2010)

Dear Doctor, I read the CDC article about exposure through pre chewed food for infants. Apparently HIV mothers/fathers passed it to their infant babies through chewing food for them. How is this possible? I understand that passing the virus while...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Relax Max! Your worries are unwarranted. The HIV-transmission risk via pre-chewed food was noted only in infants with immature immune systems, and there may well have been extenuating circumstances. (See below.) There is absolutely no... Read more »
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Scared because of blood on food

Posted by overthetop, 3 Replies
Is it possible to get hiv if you eat food that has wet hiv+ blood on it? Read more »

Risk from small volume blood ingestion

Posted by RJT, 2 Replies
Hello. I noticed some blood smeared on my finger whilst eating in a cafe on a shopping trip. I had been picking my lips so assumed it was that and licked it off to see if there was a cut underneath. However there was no cut to my finger and I... Read more »

transmission throgh food?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
If an HIV + man cut his hand and get some blood onto food, does the person who eats the food(without being aware of the blood) run into risks? Is it still considered to be casual contact? Is the mucous membrane in mouth easily infected? Read more »