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A 31-year-old male asked:

does someone need to hiv to transmit it to someone else or is it automatically the result of homosexual intercourse.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
A golden rule...: It is said that a person cannot give to others what he himself does not have. That is a golden rule when talking about contagious viruses (like HIV), bacteria, parasites, and other tiny undesirables. A golden rule applies regardless of whether a person is asexual, homosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, or trisexual.

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Is it safe to live with an HIV positive family member?

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