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A 26-year-old female asked:

What are the odds of getting hiv from eating a cherry of the top of an infected persons gin and tonic?

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Dr. Marie Trenga
Family Medicine 36 years experience
HIV: Odds are very low especially if you do not have an open sore in your mouth and their viral load is low. I'm assuming they had already drunk from the glass. Nevertheless, we recommend not sharing food, drink razors or toothbrushes with people who are infected.
Dr. Steven Hebert
Pathology 29 years experience
About 0%: To contract HIV live infected cells must be transfered to you. The alcohol in the gin would probably kill any viable cells. Nothing to worry about. See your doctor if you are still worried.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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