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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. Tanya Russo
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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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Is it possible to get HIV from sharing a straw or a cup?

Is it possible to get HIV from sharing a straw or a cup?

No: Simply no. Just as you can't get pregnant that way. Life's hard enough without these kinds of fears. During the bad old days in which there was no treatment, family members simply didn't catch HIV from each other except by sex or sharing IV drug needles. Please relax and enjoy the company of others. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from sharing a straw with someone who's mouth is cut?

Can you get HIV from sharing a straw with someone who's mouth is cut?

Sharing drinks: All health care professionals are trained in infection control and communicable diseases yearly. The cdc standards for preventing blood borne pathogens is key information. Most disease need a minimum amount to be transmitted successfully to another. Fortunately HIV is a very fragile virus out of a host. Dies in seconds. Transmission requires 10cc .Thats 2 teaspoons. But still get a check ...Read more

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Is it possible to get HIV through sharing straws?

Is it possible to get HIV through sharing straws?

No: No. There has never been a documented case of HIV spread by sharing straws. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from sharing a drink through the same straw with an infected person?

Can you get HIV from sharing a drink through the same straw with an infected person?

No: This is as unrealistic as the idea that one could become pregnant this way. Please forgive my frankness. Family members not sharing the most intimate contact don't infect one another -- we leaned that through the bad years. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you get hiv from sharing razors?

Can  you get hiv from sharing razors?

Very unlikely: Common sense says not to share razors, to prevent skin infections as well as blood borne infections like HIV and hepatitis B and C. However, it is a theoretical transmission mechanism that has never been reported as the actual source of somone's HIV infection. Don't share razors (except maybe your own mutually monogamous sex partner), but don't worry if it happens once or twice by accident. ...Read more

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Could you get HIV from sharing lipstick?

Unlikely: In theory, since HIV can be found in saliva of infected individuals, sharing lipstick could transfer virus. However this would be a highly inefficient way to transfer enough virus to cause an infection in the second user of the lipstick and is most unlikely to actually happen. Still it would be prudent to not share lipstick. ...Read more

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Can you get HIV from sharing a smoke or drink?

No: It's statistically impossible to contract HIV from sharing a drink or smoke or toilet seat or bus seat or the air we breathe. ...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