HIV and AIDS

YOU WON’T GET IT FROM… You cannot get HIV or AIDS from casual contact. Casual kissing, hugging, sharing toilet seats or water fountains will not cause you to get HIV. Since the virus can’t live outside the body, there’s no way to contract the disease through sneezing or coughing or insect bites. Scientists believe that HIV is not carried in saliva.

HOW YOU CAN GET IT: AIDS is spread only through blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. You can contract AIDS through both anal and vaginal sexual intercourse, and by sharing needles for drugs or piercings. Mothers can pass AIDS on to their children, and there is some chance you could get the disease through oral sex. You can’t get HIV through the skin unless there is a fresh cut in the skin.


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