Living with HIV won't stop you from doing many of the things you love — including cooking for yourself or your family. However, people with HIV do need to take special care to prepare food safely. Doing so can prevent infections from food-borne illness. Avoid eating raw foods, including raw eggs or seafood. Keep your hands, cooking surfaces and utensils clean. Rinse fruits and vegetables well, cook foods to a safe internal temperature (use a food thermometer to check), refrigerate leftovers within 1 to 2 hours of eating them and make sure your refrigerator's temperature is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.