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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

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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For what length of time can HIV infected blood live on a piercing neddle?

For what length of time can HIV infected blood live on a piercing neddle?

Wimpy Virus: It is important to remember that viruses like hepc, HIV and others are strings of proteins that are connected by very weak bonds. They require many things to stay active and need living cells to reproduce and survive. Unless there was gross blood, mucous or some other organic substance on that needle and it got immediately into you, the odds are very unlikely. ...Read more

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For how long the scratch is capable of transmitting hiv I mean how long it takes to not contract hiv from infected blood?

For how long the scratch is capable of transmitting hiv I mean how long it takes to not contract hiv from infected blood?

Depends on moisture: HIV is a fragile virus. It needs moisture and warmth to survive. If the scratch from an HIV + person is new and has flowing blood then it is infectious. Question is, how long before it is not infection? My view of this is that if the blood is in any way moist, then its infectious. If it is completely dry and been that way for a while, unlikely to be infectious. ...Read more

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If HIV positive blood was on a surface, could someone get infected if they touched it with an open wound? How long does HIV live for outside the body?

If HIV positive blood was on a surface, could someone get infected if they touched it with an open wound? How long does HIV live for outside the body?

Yes: But this would be extremely rare. Hiv will not survive long outside the body, but might if the blood has not yet dried up entirely. Why in heavens name would anybody touch somebody's blood on a surface with their own open wound? A very improbable scenario. But the answer to your question is that this is possible. ...Read more

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If someone put HIV (fresh blood)in food could be infected????

If someone put HIV (fresh blood)in food could be infected????

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

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Dried HIV infected blood, is it contagious?

HIV: If the blood has dried long enough for the cells within the fluid to have died the HIV will also succumb to drying. But you must remember that just touching infected blood is not going to transmit the virus unless there is a break in the skin or the blood is somehow transferred into your mucous membranes or bloodstream. ...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 someone be infected with HIV if he gets blood of different group but infected?

Can someone be infected with HIV if he gets blood of different group but infected?

Blood group not: Relevant. A person can acquire HIV from blood transfusion only if the transfused blood contains hiv. Blood groups are not relevant to HIV transmission. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV if you drink a few drops of blood from someone who's infected? Should I get tested just in case?

Can you get HIV if you drink a few drops of blood from someone who's infected? Should I get tested just in case?

Very low: Unless you had open sores in your mouth. If it will reassure you, then get tested. In future, drinking blood of another person is not a good idea. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What happens if a person is infected with HIV and if he get tested his blood after 3 days o, does report will show postive?

What happens if a person is infected with HIV and if he get tested his blood after 3 days o, does report will show postive?

Not Always: It should be tested again later and maybe as long as six months for full seroconversion. Depends on the testing method. You should practice safe sex while you wait and if your risk is high talk to your doctor about prophylactic or presumptive treatment. ...Read more

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What are the chances of contracting hiv from an infected piece of candy? Looked like there was blood in my Milky Way. My bf saw it and said it's blood

What are the chances of contracting hiv from an infected piece of candy? Looked like there was blood in my Milky Way. My bf saw it and said it's blood

Unlikely: HIV virus does not survive long outside of the body. I also ponder why would anyone eat any candy already chewed on by another person and how would the blood be left on a piece of candy. At any rate, it is highly unlikely that you can contract HIV from the candy even if there was infected blood on it- still can't get over why you would put a partly bitten piece of candy into your mouth. ...Read more

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To transfer hiv, do u have to have infected blood on blood contact or infected blood on on open soar?

To transfer hiv, do u have to have infected blood on blood contact or infected blood on on open soar?

Yes, usually, but...: Yes, you are correct in that HIV infections usually occur with blood on blood contact or infected blood on an open sore. However, HIV can be transmitted by splash of blood/semen/vaginal fluid in intact mucus membranes (with no open sores), such as in the vagina, anus, urethra, inner mouth, or eyes. Thus, routine sexual contact may also transmit HIV without requiring blood contact or open sore. ...Read more

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If HIV blood drop on an opened but healed wound what is the likely hood of the person becoming infected.

If HIV blood drop on an opened but healed wound what is the likely hood of the person becoming infected.

Unable to answer: There is no such thing as an open but healed wound. It is one or the other. If it is open, the possibility is there. If it is healed, the possibility is zero. ...Read more

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Medhelp experts say 4 HIV to infect 1or 2drops of infected blood on only deep cut not superficial cut is required is it right?

Don't wait: No matter what, if your blood is exposed to HIV whether deep or superficial, you should still get tested for HIV so you can take HIV meds early to get rid of it. ...Read more

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Can HIV infected blood go through a dry healing cut on your skin?

Can HIV infected blood go through a dry healing cut on your skin?

HIV is hard to get: This is a complex question with complex answers. But HIV does not survive in the air very long. Hiv is less infectious in this scenario than hepatitis b or c. Many people who have a cut that is healing have built up layers of skin cells that may prove protective against viral infection.

It never is a good idea to get fresh HIV infected blood into a sore or cut.

Hiv treatment also cuts the risk. ...Read more

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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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If I get very small amount of hiv+ blood on my cold food (i.e salad), is it possible to infected?

If I get very small amount of hiv+ blood on my cold food (i.e salad), is it possible to infected?

She's back....: You've asked this question many times before in many different ways. You know the answer. You need to get with your therapist and get a handle on your OCD and health related anxiety. ...Read more

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I drank water from a bottle which is already used by hiv infected person after like 5 seconds I did not saw a blood in it but if there's a blood in in

No risk, no worry: It is not possible to catch HIV from this kind of event, even if an HIV infected person drank from the bottle before you did. Have only safe sex and don't share drug injection equipment with other people, and you'll never get HIV. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Hi dr I drank water from a bottle which is already used by hiv infected person after like 5 seconds. ... I did not saw a blood in it...but if theres's a blood in it is there's a risk? I'm so scared dr

Hi dr I drank water from a bottle which is already used by hiv infected person after like 5 seconds. ... I did not saw a blood in it...but if theres's a blood in it is there's a risk? I'm so scared dr

Unlikely risk: HIV would only be transfered if the infected individual had a positive viral count in his/her blood stream and had an open sore in the mouth. Then you would have to have also an open sore in your mouth or intestinal tract. Add these up and the risk is minimal. ...Read more

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I drank water from a bottle which is already used by hiv infected person after like 5 seconds I did not saw a blood in it but if there's a blood in it and I didn't saw it. ..there's a risk? I'm so scared

I drank water from a bottle which is already used by hiv infected person after like 5 seconds I did not saw a blood in it but if there's a blood in it and I didn't saw it. ..there's a risk? I'm so scared

No Worries: The ONLY way you could get HIV this way is if there were visible blood on the bottle AND you had open, bleeding wounds on your lips or in your mouth. Further, your mouth & stomach acids would kill the virus and since the person most likely it taking meds to control the HIV, they would be considered to be unable to transmit the virus in any way. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to get HIV following infected blood transfusion?

How much time does it take to get HIV following infected blood transfusion?

Immediately: If you get transfused with blood that has HIV in it, you are infected immediately. Blood tests for hiv, depending on the type of test may take 3 week to a year to turn positive. Development of aids may take a few years. ...Read more

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Hiv+ semen &/or blood contaminated with coffee (not so hot). Is there a risk that I was infected?

Yes: Unprotected sex with a HIV infected person carries a high risk of exposure. Your risk will even be higher if you have open sores, break in skin, if your part has viremia, not taking his art medications. The semen with blood even poses more risk. See your doctor immediately to be placed on exposure medication prophylaxisi. ...Read more

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Can lab technician infect anyone with HIV during blood drawing procedure by using infected needle?

Can lab technician infect anyone with HIV during blood drawing procedure by using infected needle?

Maybe in the...: Maybe in the movies or mystery novels. In real life, no lab technician is walking around with an HIV-infected needle waiting to use it on somebody else. Safety protocols are followed every time, all the time. That means needles are single-use, and a lab technician need not take a single step while holding a used needle, because he or she always has a needle-disposal container right there. ...Read more

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Yesterday hiv-infected blood touched my arm. I didn't see any noticeable cuts/open wounds on my arm, but once I washed it burned. Should I worry?

Yesterday hiv-infected blood touched my arm. I didn't see any noticeable cuts/open wounds on my arm, but once I washed it burned. Should I worry?

No HIV Risk: Nope. Please do not worry. If you do then please when it is time go get an HIV test. But, skin is a very good barrier to HIV infection. Your scenario is not how HIV is contracted. Ever. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

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