[Question #5482] Question

20 months ago
Hi:

Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.  

I was wondering:  if someone has a cut on their hand, or blood on their hand from a cut, and then touches a drinking straw, and then you use the straw immediately thereafter, is there is any risk of contracting HIV in this fashion (particularly if you are prone to having cuts  or sores in your mouth).

Thanks.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
20 months ago
 Welcome to our forum. Thank you for your confidence in our replies. I hope that you will find my answer hopeful. There is absolutely no risk of acquiring HIV from an exposure of the sort you describe. HIV is not transmitted on straws, eating utensils, or by kissing. Even if there is blood on the straw, eating utensils or in the person's mouth this is still a no risk event. There has never been a case of HIV proven to be transmitted in this way. There is nothing for you to worry about and no scientific reason for testing.

 I hope this information is helpful to you. Take care. Please don't worry. EWH 
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20 months ago
Hi:
Thank you for your prompt response.

I promise this will be my only follow up question.

Does your analysis remain the same even assuming that the cut on the person's hand was actively bleeding (i.e. not just a healed or small cut) and they touch the straw which someone then puts in their mouth immediately thereafter.  Thanks. 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
20 months ago
Correct the amount of blood present on a straw or inanimate object makes no difference although I must say, I wonder why one would drink from a straw clearly contaminated with blood.  Still no risk.  EWH---
20 months ago
Hi:  

Re-reading my question I can see why it would seem strange so I just wanted to clarify.

My question is a hypothetical . I have observed in restaurant settings that a lot of times people preparing and serving food do not wear any gloves or anything on their hands. In the past this has been a concern for me . MY question was aimed at determining whether this posed any risk of transmission of a disease .

Sorry if that wasn’t clear before 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
20 months ago
No problem although thanks for the clarification.   We actually receive questions about the safety of eating in restaurants relatively commonly. No one has ever been known to have acquired HIV as a result of eating at a restaurant or sharing utensils.   EWH---
20 months ago
Thanks so much for your answer. There is a lot of misinformation about hiv online and you do a great service in providing accurate information to the Public