How do you get H.I.V?
Any transmission of these four fluids:
is HIV passed from one person to another?
HIV transmission can occur when blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), vaginal
fluid, or breast milk from an infected person enters the body of an uninfected person.
HIV can enter the body through
a vein (e.g., injection drug use), the lining of the anus or rectum, the lining of the vagina and/or cervix, the opening to
the penis, the mouth, other mucous membranes (e.g., eyes or inside of the nose), or cuts and sores. Intact, healthy skin is
an excellent barrier against HIV and other viruses and bacteria.
are the most common ways that HIV is transmitted from one person to another:
-by having sex (anal, vaginal, or oral)
with an HIV-infected person;
-by sharing needles or injection equipment with an injection drug user who is infected
with HIV; or
-from HIV-infected women to their babies before or during birth, or through breast-feeding
How you do not get H.I.V?:
From a closed mouth kiss
From a hug
From drinking from the same cup
From Mosquito bites
What is HIV?
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that
causes AIDS. This virus may be passed from one person to another when infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions come in
contact with an uninfected persons; broken skin or mucous membranes*. In addition, infected pregnant women can pass HIV to
their baby during pregnancy or delivery, as well as through breast-feeding. People with HIV have what is called HIV infection.
Some of these people will develop AIDS as a result of their HIV infection.
-A mucous membrane is wet, thin tissue
found in certain openings to the human body. These can include the mouth, eyes, nose, vagina, rectum, and opening of the penis.
What is AIDS?
AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.
Acquired ; means that the disease is not hereditary but
develops after birth from contact with a disease causing agent (in this case, HIV).
Immunodeficiency; means that the
disease is characterized by a weakening of the immune system.
Syndrome; refers to a group of symptoms that collectively
indicate or characterize a disease. In the case of AIDS this can include the development of certain infections and/or cancers,
as well as a decrease in the number of certain cells in a person immune system.
A diagnosis of AIDS is made by a physician
using specific clinical or laboratory standards.
How to protect yourself?
- 1. Abstinence is the only way to assure 100% that you will not have
- 2. Use condoms consistently and correctly each and every time for
sexual contact with men or when using sex toys. Sex toys should not be shared. No barrier methods for use during oral sex
have been evaluated as effective by the FDA. However, natural rubber latex sheets, dental dams, cut open condoms, or plastic
wrap may offer some protection from contact with body fluids during oral sex and possibly reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
- 3. Know your own and your partner HIV status. This knowledge can help
uninfected women begin and maintain behavioral changes that reduce the risk of becoming infected. For women who are found
to be infected, it can assist in getting early treatment and avoiding infecting others.
4. Go get tested. It can take between 15 days and six months for the antibodies
to show up in your body. After you have sex, you can infect someone the same day. Be smart and get tested every six months,
after or with each partner