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Offline worried_206

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risk or no risk
« on: October 28, 2011, 08:04:13 AM »
please andy or ann could you please read and comment

yesterday i was feeding my dad who is in a nursing home from a stroke not to mention
that there is probly no risk of him even having hiv in the first place but any way
after he had a few mouthfulls not wanting to have any more because it did not taste good .
i tasted a bit by just lifting up the edge of the vegetable with HIS SPOON so i could pick it up with my fingers off his plate
just the top 1/4 of a teaspon touched the peice of vegetable
the only reasion i am worring is i have a bad tooth on the side of my mouth that needs to be pulled and it bleeds all the time
now could you please conferm the following
"cdc website occupational exposures for dentstry"-"if blood is not visable but still 
likely that very small quantities of blood are present the risk of transmition of hiv is extremely small

so if there were tiny traces of blood that were mixed with my dads saliva the risk would be extremely low
i did not see any blood on the spoon

plus if there were tiny traces of dads blood mixed with saliva. dads own saliva would inactivate  it is that true
plus my own saliva would do the same even more

and if there were tiny traces of blood on the food and i chewed them mixing it it
with the food the food would act as a hostile enviroment
further more swollowing would be no risk as acid kills hiv in stomach

can you please conferm that this is a no risk event
the only reason i am worring is i have a open wound in my mouth

if anyone could please add more detailes why this would be no risk

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: risk or no risk
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2011, 08:36:27 AM »
You are worrying needlessly. HIV is a fragile virus and is not transmitted in the manner you are concerned about. Environmental surfaces like food, drinks, doorknobs, barbershop nicks and such are not risks. There is no cause for concern on your part nor any need for testing.

Even if there had been blood present in the spoon, your saliva has over a dozen elements and proteins which very effectively prevent the transmission of viable HIV.

Andy Velez

Offline worried_206

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Re: risk or no risk
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2011, 08:48:45 AM »
what about the fact that the open wound in my mouth that bleeds all the time

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: risk or no risk
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2011, 08:50:54 AM »
Zero risk. Your fear is strictly in the domain of "what ifs." There was no risk in this situtation.

Let it go and get on with your life. Even IF your father is HIV+, HIV would not remain viable in soup or any food on a utensil. 
Andy Velez


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