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Can HIV/AIDS be transmitted by food?

Can HIV/AIDS be transmitted by food?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the virus that caused Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Recently, there has been report of rumors circulating among the users of mobile electronic devices claiming that various food products were contaminated with HIV. Can HIV/AIDS be transmitted by food?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), HIV cannot be transmitted by water or food. In fact, HIV does not live long outside the human body. Even if the food contained small amounts of HIV-infected blood or semen, exposure to the air, heat from cooking, and stomach acid would destroy the virus. Based on the current scientific evidence, WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are of the opinion that food is not a source of HIV infection.

 

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Last Revision Date : 25-11-2013