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Can I get human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from eating food made by a person with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

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You probably won’t get HIV from eating food prepared by someone with the virus. HIV dies quickly once it’s outside the body. And the virus is spread only through specific body fluids -- blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), vaginal and rectal fluid, and breast milk.

Even if the food has traces of one of those fluids, it can’t survive the heat from cooking or your stomach acid.

Passing HIV through eating has happened only in rare cases, when children ate food that was already chewed by someone with the virus.

From: How Do You Catch HIV? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AIDS.gov: "How Do You Get HIV or AIDS?"

CDC: "HIV Transmission."

The Foundation for AIDS Research: "Basic Facts About HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on August 23, 2019

SOURCES:

AIDS.gov: "How Do You Get HIV or AIDS?"

CDC: "HIV Transmission."

The Foundation for AIDS Research: "Basic Facts About HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on August 23, 2019

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