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A 45-year-old member asked:

is it possible to contract hiv or aids from drinking after someone who most likely has it?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Pathology 58 years experience
See below: While the risk is fairly low it is possible so why place yourself at risk.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
There is no risk here. No even a 'fairly low' risk. The answer is no emphatically.
Jan 15, 2014
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
I say "no": During the years when there was no effective treatment for hiv, household contacts simply did not catch the virus. Sharing utensils, glasses, the chalice in church and so forth are important to me. Stop worrying about an impossible scenario and get on with enjoying life and friendship.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
HIV is hard to get: Nope. There is zero risk. And that answer is 100% sincere and accurate. Hiv is not transmitted casually. It does not survive on 'objects' if it is present. It is not caught from saliva or from kissing. In the whole world there is no reported case of HIV transmission through casual contact.

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