A 28-year-old male asked:
is it possible to get infected by eating food contaminated by hiv blood?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Ed Friedlander answered
44 years experience Pathology
No: However, I'm concerned about why you would ask. The normal steps in food preparation should render the blood non-infectious, and even receptive oral sex has proved a very inefficient way to transmit the illness.
Answered on Oct 20, 2016
Dr. Fran Sterling answered
40 years experience Pediatrics
Extremely rare: It is extremely rare for this to happen. You cannot get HIV from eating food contaminated by small amounts of HIV infected blood. HIV does not live long outside the body. Exposure of the food to cooking heat, air or the acid in the stomach will kill the virus. There have been rare cases reported of children contracting HIV from their caregivers who are HIV infected.
Answered on Feb 27, 2018
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