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If you believe you have been exposed to HIV and want help to judge your risk, would like advice about HIV testing, or have questions about the effectiveness of condoms or risks associated with specific sexual practices, this is the site for you.

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Can I get HIV from casual conta...

No. HIV is not transmitted by day-to-day contact in the workplace, schools, or social settings. HIV is not transmitted through shaking hands, hugging, or a casual kiss. You cannot become infected from a toilet seat, a drinking fountain, a door knob, dishes, drinking glasses, food, or pets.

HIV is not an airborne or food-borne virus, and it does not live long outside the body. HIV can be found in the blood, semen, or vaginal fluid of an infected person. The three main ways HIV is transmitted are

  • through having sex (anal, vaginal, or oral) with someone infected with HIV.
  • through sharing needles and syringes with someone who has HIV.
  • through exposure (in the case of infants) to HIV before or during birth, or through breast feeding.
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Aug 11, 2008
by alienshadow
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Aug 11, 2008
by alienshadow