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Can I get human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from a hug?

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No. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is only spread through specific body fluids: blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), vaginal and rectal fluid, and breast milk. Hugging and shaking hands are safe. It’s a lot harder to give someone HIV than it is to spread the cold virus.

From: How Do You Catch HIV? WebMD Medical Reference

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AIDS.gov: "How Do You Get HIV or AIDS?"

CDC: "HIV Transmission."

The Foundation for AIDS Research: "Basic Facts About HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on August 23, 2019

SOURCES:

AIDS.gov: "How Do You Get HIV or AIDS?"

CDC: "HIV Transmission."

The Foundation for AIDS Research: "Basic Facts About HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on August 23, 2019

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