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How do you get HIV?

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HIV spreads from person to person when certain body fluids are shared, usually during vaginal or anal sex, or when sharing drugs you inject. It can also be passed from dirty needles from tattoos and body piercing. It can be spread through oral sex, too, although the chance is small.

From: What Is HIV? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: "HIV Infection."

CDC: "HIV/AIDS," "Deciding If and When To Be Tested."

UNAIDS.

AIDS.gov: "Global HIV/AIDS Overview."

Betts, R. , Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 5th edition, 2005. A Practical Approach To Infectious Diseases

Heymann, D. , 18th edition. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual

American Public Health Association: Washington, D.C., 2004.

Lashley, F. , Springer Publishing, 2004. Emerging Infectious Diseases: Trends and Issues

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on June 23, 2019

SOURCES:

World Health Organization: "HIV Infection."

CDC: "HIV/AIDS," "Deciding If and When To Be Tested."

UNAIDS.

AIDS.gov: "Global HIV/AIDS Overview."

Betts, R. , Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 5th edition, 2005. A Practical Approach To Infectious Diseases

Heymann, D. , 18th edition. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual

American Public Health Association: Washington, D.C., 2004.

Lashley, F. , Springer Publishing, 2004. Emerging Infectious Diseases: Trends and Issues

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on June 23, 2019

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