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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
Is it possible to get hiv from food if blood was on it? The blood looked like it was dried and was not swallowed, I saw it when I brushed my teeth
Probably not: Only if blood came from a person with HIV, was not left on the surface for less than 20 minutes, and then came in direct contact with your blood stream or Genito-urinary tract. If concerned, talk to your Physician about being tested, but I don't think the circumstances you described are problematic. ...Read more
Is we get hiv from food if there is blood on it some say yes if there is small cuts in your mouth or wound in upper gastrional track or oesphguhus plz?
Ate dominoes, used mouthwash for extended period of time as an OCD compulsion of fear of aids, tasted blood after worried that there was HIV on food?
HIV spread: HIV is transmitted by exposure to blood or body fluids of an infected individual. And in the exposed individual, dosage, and site of exposure may play a role as well. Food is generally not contaminated with blood or body fluids of HIV-positive individuals. Cooked food, even if it contained HIV, would not be infectious. So, avoid blood or body fluids, but don't worry about an HIV+ server. ...Read more
Why do you ask?: You're really asking whether someone handling your food with a bleeding wound might infect you. What we do know is that during the years in which there was no treatment, HIV-positive people would infect family members without sex or needle sharing. It just didn't happen. Life's too difficult already for you to be harboring these dark ideas. Your physician can help if this is a persistent fear. ...Read more
What preparations are needed to get an HIV test? Like no food intake before a certain time span or something like that
None: You can get the blood test at any time, the sooner the better. Neither drug (other than anti-HIV drugs) or food would affect the test results. ...Read more
HIV is Hard to Get: I am unsure where you are eating food with blood on it, especially human blood. But, absolutely not. The way one get's HIV is well known and has been known for over thirty years. Did you miss this information as you grew up? You get HIV from direct sexual contact or from direct blood to blood exposure (that means living human blood to your direct blood system....). ...Read more
Our checker at the store today is someone we know and he has HIV. He touched all our food checking out. I'm now scared to touch and eat our food! Is this a risk for us? Freaking out a bit
Can you tell me what you suggest if a man is infected with HIV at 60 how long can he live with medications and good food?
Normal life span: People effectively treated with anti-hiv medications live as long and about as well as anyone else. ...Read more
Can I still catch HIV or hep if I picked the twisiers up with food serving gloves on am I ok or is their something to worry about?
Just say there happened to be HIV blood in my babies pureed food, would she be at risk of contracting HIV?
No risk: Swallowing HIV is low risk. For example, HIV is rarely transmitted by oral sex, even with swallowing of HIV infected semen or vaginal fluid. But why worry about a completely outlandish scenario? If a friend or someone you know is believed to have HIV and is pureeing food for your baby, ask him or her to be careful. Of course there is never such a risk with commercial baby foods. ...Read more
I asked you can you get HIV from blood injected into a orange & he said its unlikely which means it is possible I thought u couldn't get it from food?
Won't happen: Forgive my frankness. This is on the same level as worrying about getting pregnant off a bar of soap that a man recently used, or swimming in a pool contaminated with semen. It just doesn't happen. The risk is so low as to be in the realm of fantasy. I would, however, report the incident to the local law enforcement folks. ...Read more
Can you catch anything from eating a hair possibly pubic that was in my food I didn't see it so don't know what type of hair it was? Worried about hiv
Hairy not scary: You can't catch HIV from eating anything. In fact, ingesting a few strands of hair is harmless (unless they are in large quantity and long forming a tangled mess). Hair is made of mostly keratin -the same material in rhino horn and finger/toe nails. So why kill the endangered rhino for the horn when you can make a hair soup? ...Read more
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
If I get very small amount of hiv+ blood on my cold food (i.e salad), is it possible to infected?
I'm having bleeding gum...if I eat food with blood does it makes me exposed to hiv? And should I b worried about that
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more