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How do people get aids?

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Bodily fluids

Aids (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus.
Hiv is spread in bodily fluids, including semen, vaginal secretions, blood, and breast milk. People usually get aids by having unprotected sex with an infected partner, sharing needles with an infected person, or breastfeeding from an infected mother.

In brief: Bodily fluids

Aids (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus.
Hiv is spread in bodily fluids, including semen, vaginal secretions, blood, and breast milk. People usually get aids by having unprotected sex with an infected partner, sharing needles with an infected person, or breastfeeding from an infected mother.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine

In brief: By getting infected

Or having contact with a body fluid from another person who has the HIV virus in their system. Blood contact, semen, vaginal fluid and breastmilk are all known to transmit the virus.
Saliva doesn't appear to be much of a risk for tranmission.

In brief: By getting infected

Or having contact with a body fluid from another person who has the HIV virus in their system. Blood contact, semen, vaginal fluid and breastmilk are all known to transmit the virus.
Saliva doesn't appear to be much of a risk for tranmission.
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