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How To Prevent Transmission of HIV and Other STDs

Contacts Through Which HIV and Other STDs Does NOT Transfer To Another Person

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HIV and other STDs are not transmitted to another person from any of the following:

  • Closed-mouth or "social" kissing with the exception of active herpes which can be transmitted by kissing.
  • Many sex acts. For instance, there is no transmission with:
    • Mutual masturbation.
    • Getting another person's cum or vaginal fluids on your skin unless there is a fresh break in the skin.
    • Intercourse with an unbroken, properly applied, consistently used, latex or polyurethane condom.
  • Contact by any of the following bodily fluids:
    • Saliva
    • Tears
    • Sweat
  • Activities such as:
    • Hugging or Kissing
    • Sneezing
    • Coughing
    • Living with an infected person unless there is contact between skin or mucous membranes and infected blood. 
    • Cuddling
  • Casual contact including:
    • Shaking hands
    • Sharing food or water
    • Toilet seats
    • Telephones
    • Water fountains
  • Mosquitoes or other insect bites

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