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How do people get HIV?

HIV is transmitted through unsafe sex with a HIV-infected person, sharing a needle with a HIV-infected person, from an HIV-infected mother to their baby in the womb and from breastfeeding after birth. It cannot be caught from kissing someone, shaking their hands or sharing food or cutlery.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Pelvic inflammatory disease


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