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Is sharing food/double dipping ever risky if there is blood?

Hello, I will try to keep it short. I know that sharing food and double dipping when eating is not in itself risky. However does this change if there are bleeding gums or sores that could possibly get blood into the food and than someone's mouth? I do have a history of gingivitis and tender gums, so this has been concerning me. Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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3191940 tn?1717500602
Mike_no is correct.  Please review the previous questions you have posted in this forum, and the answers you have been given, so that you do not ask questions again about events that you have been advised are not risks for HIV.
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Your situation involves personal contact with an object in air  (hands, maybe saliva, fluids, blood, etc.). You will be happy to learn that you had no risk, because you can't get hiv from personal contact except unprotected penetrating vaginal or anal, neither of which you did and you didn't share hollow needles to inject with which is the only other way to acquire hiv - there are only 3 ways to get hiv. Analysis of large numbers of infected people over the 40 years of hiv history has proven that people don't get hiv in the way you are worried is a risk.
HIV is a fragile virus in air or saliva and is effectively instantly dead in either air or saliva so the WORST that could happen is dead virus rubbed you, and obviously anything which is dead cannot live again so you are good. Blood and cuts would not be relevant in your situation since the hiv has become effectively dead, so you don't have to worry about them to be sure that you are safe.
There is no reason for a person to test when they are safe. The advice took into consideration that the other person might be positive, so move on and enjoy life instead of thinking about this non-event. hiv prevention is straightforward since there are only 3 ways you can become infected, so next time you wonder if you had a risk, ask yourself this QUESTION. "Did I do any of the 3?" Then after you say "No, I didn't" you will know that it's time to move on back to your happy life.
No one got hiv from what you did during 40 years of hiv history and no one will get it in the next 40 years of your life either. You can do what you did any time and be safe.

hiv is not infectious like Covid - hiv has been around for 40 years so if it was as infectious as you worry we would all have it by now because until last year many people rarely washed their hands - and some of them still don't.
188761 tn?1584567620
Your information on the subject is up to the mark. The additional factors that you have stated do not contribute to any degree of risk.

It is mentioned time and again on this forum, the only risk for HIV infection in adults is through unprotected vaginal or anal intercourse and sharing needles with infected individuals.

There was no risk associated and testing is not recommended.
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Thank you for the quick response, it is very appreciated. I guess I'm just concerned regarding exposure to blood/bodily fluids in casual settings and if that could equal any type of risk.

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