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MODERN FOOD SAFETY: Restaurant Behavior


Being Alive 1993 May 5: 18

"Like a visit to the Third World," says Dr. Waites, "if you're not sure about any food, ask." If your food seems undercooked, send it back. You may have to wait 5 or 10 minutes, but you won't get sick because you didn't.

Also, remember that both water and ice cubes served in restaurants may harbor microbial populations. An HIV+ friend warns that drinking restaurant water is like playing "Russian Roulette." He continues by saying that "you have to be a little nutty to practice food and water safety thoroughly." Nutty but healthy! 


Information in this article was accurate in May 5, 1993. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.