Ask McFartnuggets: “Can I Get HIV From Drinking Vomit?”

Dear McFartnuggets: 
I was just wondering is it possible to get HIV from drinking someone’s vomit? I’m not asking for myself. I’m just curious. I can’t find any information on this! Please answer quickly. -- Sammy from Chicago

Dear Sammy: According to the Center for Disease Control there are only six fluids that HIV can be transmitted by. Those fluids are blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, breast milk, rectal and vaginal fluids. As you can see vomit is not on the list, however vomit can contain blood. In order for the fluid to infect it has to come in contact with mucous membranes or be introduced directly to the bloodstream. Now if you’ve got bloody vomit in your mouth it will definitely come into contact with some mucous membranes the same way HIV can be transmitted via oral sex from infected semen. So technically yes you could get HIV from drinking vomit, provided it has HIV infected blood in it. The CDC would probably mention that, but then they’d have to add hundreds of different weird ways to get HIV onto their list and that would provide some needless worry for people since drinking vomit shouldn’t be a common occurrence. Thanks for the question!

You probably can't get HIV from eating gumbo.

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