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Is it possible to get infected by eating food contaminated by HIV blood?

Is it possible to get infected by eating food contaminated by HIV blood?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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Does exposure to infected blood always transmit hiv?

Does exposure to infected blood always transmit hiv?

Not Always: Exposure to most body fluids - especially blood & genital fluids - from a person with HIV has the potential to transmit the virus. If you have had an exposure discuss the details of that exposure with an expert - ideally within the first 24 hours. Steps can be taken in the first few days of an exposure to prevent lifelong infection with hiv. Locate a test/treatment site near you at www.Hivtest.Org. ...Read more

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Can a trace amount of blood on a kitten claw transmit HIV after 5 minutes? Does HIV die with contact to the air for 4-5 minutes.

Can a trace amount of blood on a kitten claw transmit HIV after 5 minutes? Does HIV die with contact to the air for 4-5 minutes.

Whose blood?: If it was the cat's blood, there is no risk. If it was the blood of a HIV infected person the risk is still minimal unless the cats paw inoculated the infected blood into your skin. If you have doubts, you may get a HIV nucleic acid test in 3-4 months. ...Read more

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Can a very small amount of blood transmit hiv?

Can a very small amount of blood transmit hiv?

Yes: Someone who is HIV positive can have millions of copies of the virus in every drop of his blood. If one thinks he has been exposed to blood from a person who is HIV positive, one should see a primary care doctor to be evaluated and tested for HIV virus. ...Read more

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Can you transmit HIV to your parter and not be infected?

Can you transmit HIV to your parter and not be infected?

No: You cannot transmit HIV if you are not infected. You can however transmit it if you are infected but do not have any symptoms. If in doubt both you and your partner(s) should be tested. ...Read more

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I purchased a soda and received a dollar bill that looked like it had dried blood on it. Can dollar bills with dried blood transmit HIV?

I purchased a soda and received a dollar bill that looked like it had dried blood on it.  Can dollar bills with dried blood transmit HIV?

Unlikely: It is very unlikely that you would get HIV from a stain on a dollar bill. See this site for information on transmission of HIV. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html ...Read more

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My blood taken for blood test widout wearing gloves,he used new injection,removed d cover&placed it on table before taking blood.is transmit HIV to me?

Unlikely: Unless the table was recently contaminated with HIV infected blood (within hours) and the needle touches the table, there is no risk . Nonetheless, the hygienic practice can be improved. ...Read more

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Blood mixed with water if got onto the eyes can transmit hiv?

Blood mixed with water if got onto the eyes can transmit hiv?

Possibly: If the blood was contaminated with HIV then it can mix with the tears of the eye, and pass into the nose and into the GI tract. If there is a break in the surface anywhere in this passage, the virus could enter the body and cause infection. This would be a rare event but is theoretically possible. ...Read more

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Can saliva blood mix getting into eye when someone coughs transmit HIV ?

Possibly: If the person who does the coughing is HIV positive and if he has a positive viral count (he should know this if he is being treated), then the saliva and secretions can contain the virus. If this gets into someone else's eye, it can pass into the back of the throat and if there is a break in the lining you could get the virus in your system and have a problem. A lot of "ifs" to happen. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more