Tough love doctor, tough love. But I do appreciate it. I was concerned, but I also wanted to learn about the virus, hence the multiple questions. Thanks.
Warm chocolate etc? Who knows? Since this is not a conceivable transmission route, it doesn't matter.
It takes lots of HIV for transmission to occur, and those virus particles must have access to the right kind of susceptible cells. This is why even the most efficient sexual transmission routes, such as receptive anal sex when HIV-infected semen (which is loaded with HIV) is deposited in the rectum, has an average transmission rate of only once in 100-200 exposures. "Just one virus" might be sufficient for direct intravenous inoculation, i.e. by infected blood -- but probably not even then.
You assume wrong. It probably is not possible for you to be infected in the way you describe. If you want a numerical estimate, I would put it at one chance in many million. But for the sake of argument, let's say 1 in a million. If you live in the US, you have 1 chance in 1,756 of dying of an accident within the next 12 months. That's 570 times the chance you caught HIV.
So put things in perspective and just drop the HIV business. It's a waste of your time, emtional energy, and money -- and of my time on this forum for any further discussion, so that ends this thread.
PS: Don't forget to use your seatbelt.
Just a few follow up questions:
So would you say that HIV could survive (if that were HIV-infected blood) if dipped in warm chocolate and then refrozen (I assume that is how that type of ice cream is made)?
Is there a minimum infectious dose of HIV? Can a single virus infect someone? Does the immune system kill some of the virus or is it completely helpless?
Although you did state that it was highly unlikely, I assume it is possible to be infected this way. What would you say the odds are to be infected this way?
I do plan to get tested at 3 weeks, but do you think this window is sufficient or would you suggest another time for peace of mind.
HIV certainly could survive well if frozen; in fact, freezing is how HIV (and other viruses) are preserved in laboratories. However, that really is irrelevant to your situation. Oral exposure is low risk for HIV infection. Even if you were to swallow several ounces of fresh blood from an HIV infected person, most likely you would not become infected. Certainly the amount of virus in the small speck of blood (if that is what it was) would be extremely unlikely to allow transmission.
Bottom line: Zero risk. If HIV could be so easily transmitted, it would not be considered an STD and HIV/AIDS would be a hundred times more common than it is. You have no worries.
Regards-- HHH, MD