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Can I get HIV in other ways besides sexual intercourse?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, several ways

The most common way to get HIV is thru unprotected sexual intercourse.
However, other ways include sharing hiv-infected needles (often associated with using illegal injection drugs, rarely with tattooing but possible), receiving infected blood transfusions or blood products (though the blood supply is screened thoroughly these days), and passing HIV from mother to child thru breastfeeding.

In brief: Yes, several ways

The most common way to get HIV is thru unprotected sexual intercourse.
However, other ways include sharing hiv-infected needles (often associated with using illegal injection drugs, rarely with tattooing but possible), receiving infected blood transfusions or blood products (though the blood supply is screened thoroughly these days), and passing HIV from mother to child thru breastfeeding.
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Dr. Martin Raff
Oral sex in which ejaculate from the penis is deposited on structures behind the oral cavity. The tonsils, lymph nodes in the throat, and other such areas upon which HIV may be deposited has been shown to be a source of disease.
Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Any blood exchange

You can get it mostly via blood contact such as sharing contaminated needles or through a cut.

In brief: Any blood exchange

You can get it mostly via blood contact such as sharing contaminated needles or through a cut.
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