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how is hiv transmitted?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Sex, blood and birth: Sex, blood contact (e.g. Shared needles), or perinatal transmission (from an infected mother to an infant at birth). In terms of sexual transmission, the biggest risk is anal or vaginal intercourse, especially for the receptive partner (the one "on the bottom").
Dr. Henry Selke
Infectious Disease 16 years experience
...: Hiv is transmitted via blood, semen, vaginal fluid, breast milk and any other body fluid containing blood. Unprotected sex is a risk factor. Anal sex is riskier than vaginal sex which is riskier than oral sex. Sharing needles and "works" can transmit hiv. If concerned about HIV talk to md about getting tested. Hiv is a treatable medical condition that people can live with for many years.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How is HIV transmitted from person to person?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Sex, drugs & birth: Hiv is transmitted through sex (especially anal or vaginal intercourse), though blood (mainly from sharing needles and syringes), and through childbirth (from an infected mother to her infant). The relevant fluids are blood, semen, and vaginal secretions.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can HIV be transmitted if an infected person bites a normal person?

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Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 29 years experience
Yes, but: Blood would have to be drawn and the hiv+ person would need to have a high viral load (not on meds). This would be more likely to occur before the person knew they were hiv+ now. It is also quite unlikely without blood-to-blood contact though HIV is present in saliva in lower amounts. Oh, and hiv+ people are "normal" as is anyone with a disease - you should use the term hiv- or non-infected!
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can HIV be transmitted to white people?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Same as anyone else: Hiv infection is typically acquired through unprotected sex, injection drug use, or transfusion of hiv-infected blood products. There are no differences in how people of different ethnicities or cultures contract HIV transmission.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can HIV be transmitted through razor blade?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Very unlikely: This would be highly unusual. Someone with HIV would have had to have recently used the razor and cut himself. Then, with blood on the blade, you would have to use it and cut yourself. It's unlikely that this has ever happened. Still, we recommend against sharing razors.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you please define hiv+ and what ways can it be transmitted?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Serious infection: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a serious infection and is usually transmitted through exchange of body fluids. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/qa/transmission.htm.

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