[Question #3793] HIV survival in cooked food

35 months ago
Dear wonderful experts. Thank you for remarkable work that you do. I have a question regarding HIV virus survival in cooked food. I ordered a take away from a restaurant yesterday and whilst my family and I were enjoying pasta with tomato sauce, I bit into something hard which turned out to be a piece of sharp plastic. Accidents happen, no harm done (plastic did not cut my mouth, thankfully), but something brown was on the edge of that plastic which was not same colour as the red sauce. Maybe the plastic burned a little that is why it was brown there or maybe it was something else. Anyhow, although I did not eat the piece of plastic, it was still in my mouth and I was wondering it I have something to worry about. If it were blood on the edge of the plastic from an infected person, would it still be able to infect in your professional opinion? The food arrived hot, and we consumed it about 15-20 minutes after it arrived. Would you worry if you were me? I think a virus cannot survive in such an environment and would not be infectious, but I wanted to double check with an expert. 
Thank you and have a great day. Di. 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
35 months ago
Welcome to our Forum.  I'll be glad to comment.  Even in the unlikely situation that whomever prepared your food had HIVand that they contaminated your food, there would be no risk to you or anyone else from ingesting the virus.  The virus is inactivated through environmental contact and there has never been  a case of HIV acquired through ingestion of contaminated food or secretions. You have nothing to worry about and there is certainly no need for testing related to the event that you describe.

I hope this comment is helpful.  EWH
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