HIV transmission from drinking water

Question

Hi If someone drinks water from a bottle after half an hour when another person have used that bottle having cracked lips and if that person have HIV.can that person who drank after half an hour after could get HIV ? If he have any cuts in mouth.

Answer

Hi, No risk of HIV transmission from this situation. This is considered with all types of casual contact, eating after someone, drinking, showering, etc.

HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon