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Sharing Food

Hello. I want to ask if sharing food and utensils with someone who is + is something to be concerned about. This happened twice, the first one was about 5 weeks ago and the other 4 weeks ago. More than a week ago, I had a lot of red bumps on my chest. And then now, 4 weeks after the last time I shared food with someone, I have a mild sore throat, some achy muscles and headaches. These came on so suddenly. I usually get a sore throat when I eat too much sweets or drink too much soda and cold drinks or when I don't get enough sleep or when I get surrounded by smokers or when I clear my throat so much from post-nasal drip. I have not done any of these. And the throat pain just came on suddenly. I slept and when I woke up, I could feel that pain in my throat. This was coupled by achy muscles and headaches. And they appeared at 3-4 weeks after the food sharing incident.
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No, sharing utensils with someone HIV + is not a risk for your getting HIV.  Air and saliva both inactivate the virus.  The only way adults get HIV is from unprotected vaginal or anal sex or sharing of IV drug needles. So, you had no risk whatsoever.  
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So you're saying that the throat soreness, achy muscles, and headaches are unrelated to the food sharing incident? And that it's just coincidence that they started 3-4 weeks after?

Also, just to make sure, you said that sharing utensils is not a worry, but how about sharing actual food and not just utensils? Like sharing the food on one plate. One person was using a different a spoon and the other another but they were dipping it on the same plate so there was a chance that saliva and blood from sores or cuts in the mouth can be mixed with the food.

Thanks in advance for answering.
This answers all of your HIV questions, and if you can think of any more just reread about the 3. You had zero risk therefore  testing is irrelevant to your situation because you had zero risk. HIV is a fragile virus, which is instantly inactivated in air and also in saliva which means it is effectively dead so it can't infect from touching, external rubbing or oral activities. It doesn't matter if you and they were actively bleeding or had cuts at the time either because the HIV is effectively dead.  
Only 3 adult risks are the following:
1. unprotected penetrating vaginal with a penis
2. unprotected penetrating anal sex with a penis
3. sharing needles that you inject with.
The only way to get HIV is if you did one of the 3. The situation you describe is a long way from any of these 3.
Even with blood, lactation, cuts, rashes, burns, etc the air or the saliva does not allow inactivated virus to infect from touching, external rubbing or oral activities. Doctors have calculated the risk from what you describe to be less than that of being hit by a meteor, therefore no one will get HIV from what you did in the next 40 years of your life either. The above HIV science is 40 years old and very well established, so no detail that you can add to your encounter will change it from zero risk.
You rephrased your questions that were answered.
People cough on your lips, food and door knobs at any time, so flu and sore throats are to be expected by everyone in the US who is negative like you, at any time. btw, sugar, lack of sleep and cold drinks don't have viruses so they can't make sore throats, although sleep loss is the only proven thing that affects your immune system so it is possible to be more susceptible to one when you are tired.
Excessively abusing your throat while clearing your drip is not recommended so you might want to talk that over with your doc.
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