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Can HIV Be Contracted From Consuming Drinks Or Foods That Contains Infected Blood?

Recently, there were reports in Punch that a person infected with HIV was allegedly adding a small amount of her blood to the Zobo drink she sold to customers. This news understandably caused a great deal of concern and fear among many individuals who had consumed the drink, worried about the possibility of contracting the virus.

In accordance with a publication on WebMD, this article aims to address the question of whether HIV can be transmitted through beverages, water, or food contaminated with an infected person's blood. If you are among those feeling anxious about the potential transmission of HIV through the food or drinks you have consumed, take a moment to read this article and gain some new insights.

Can HIV Be Transmitted Through Drinks or Food Containing an Infected Person's Blood?

The answer is no. According to healthline HIV is not a foodborne illness but rather a virus that can be contracted when a person comes into direct contact with infected blood or certain bodily fluids, such as genital fluids. It cannot be transmitted through food or drinks.

The reason behind this lies in the fact that HIV thrives exclusively within a person's body and bloodstream. Once it is exposed to the air, the virus quickly becomes inactive and loses its ability to survive. Therefore, there is virtually no chance of contracting the virus from a drink or food item, even if there were traces of an infected person's blood present. Additionally, the process of preparing the drink would likely destroy the virus. Even if it somehow remained intact, the stomach acid would prevent the virus from surviving.

If you are feeling scared or concerned that you may have contracted HIV or been exposed to the virus through the food or roadside drink you consumed, it is important to dispel such fears. The risk of HIV transmission through food or drinks contaminated with blood is extremely low to nonexistent.

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