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World AIDS Day
An estimated 1.2 million people in the United States live with HIV. And while everyone is at risk for developing food poisoning, people with weakened immune systems like those living with AIDS/HIV, are at higher risk, and need to be extra careful with the food they eat.
At home, preventing food poisoning begins with four simple tips:
- Wash Hands Often.
- Keep Raw Meats and Seafood Separate from Ready-to-Eat Foods.
- Cook to Proper Temperatures.
- Refrigerate Promptly Below 40°F or Below.
Reducing your risk of food poisoning is also important while dining out. Keep yourself safe while eating out include:
- Asking how the food is prepared
- Requesting thoroughly cooked foods; if served rare, send it back
- Not eating raw shellfish, oysters on the half shell, raw clams, sushi, sashimi, and lightly steamed seafood such as mussels and snails
- Avoiding foods that contain raw or undercooked eggs, such as dressings and sauces (hollandaise, homemade mayonnaise, and Caesar salad dressing) and desserts like chocolate mousse, meringue pie and tiramisu.
For more information on food safety and high-risk populations, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit www.homefoodsafety.org.
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