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Can I get human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from sharing needles?

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You can get HIV from sharing needles. The virus spreads through blood. Also, any of the supplies used to prepare drugs for injections, including syringes, bottle caps, spoons, or containers, could have the virus if someone with HIV used it first.

From: How Do You Catch HIV? WebMD Medical Reference

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 Laura J. Martin on October 16, 2016

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 Laura J. Martin on October 16, 2016

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