How HIV Is Transmitted?

Transmission Prevention

How HIV is transmitted?

  • Through sexual intercourse ―vaginal, anal, oral― without the use of a condom, with someone who is HIV+
  • By sharing a syringe, needle or other equipment for the use of drugs with someone who is HIV+
  • From a mother who is HIV+ to her baby during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.

How HIV is not transmitted?

  • Through social contact (hugging, shaking hands, kissing on the cheek)
  • Through daily interactions at home, at work, at school, at the theatre etc.
  • From clothes, towels, cups, plates, cutlery
  • By swimming in the sea or a pool
  • From the toilet
  • From animals or insects

How can I protect myself from HIV?

  • As you cannot know who has the virus, judging by their appearance, use a latex condom at every sexual encounter whether it is vaginal, anal or oral. Remember, once is enough. AIDS does not discriminate. Do not be shy, take initiative.
  • If you use drugs, always use your own syringe, needle or other equipment. Do not share with others.
  • Do not share with others objects with blood stains on them, such as toothbrushes or razors.
  • In case of a pregnancy, ask your doctor for information on HIV.


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