Most people get
HIV by having unprotected sex with someone who has
HIV. HIV can be spread even through unprotected oral sex.1 Another common way of getting the virus is when injecting drugs and sharing needles with someone
who is infected with HIV.
You have an increased risk of becoming infected with HIV through
sexual contact if you:
Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) is a group of bacteria that are related to tuberculosis. These germs are very common in food, water, and soil. Almost everyone has them in their bodies. If you have a strong immune system, they don't cause problems. But they can cause serious illness in people with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). With the right combination of medications, however, you can prevent or treat MAC. In some cases, you may need lifelong therapy.
The risk of getting HIV from a
blood transfusion or a donated organ is extremely low in the United States. All donated
blood and organs are screened for HIV
antibodies and HIV RNA, which can detect HIV before
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends HIV
screening as part of routine blood testing. You and your doctor can decide if
testing is right for you.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 08, 2010
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