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How To Prevent Transmission of HIV and Other STDs

How HIV And Other STDs Pass From One Person To Another

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HIV and other STDs pass from one person to another through contact of the following body fluids:

  • Blood (HIV and other STDs)
  • Semen ("Cum") (HIV and other STDs)
  • Vaginal fluids (HIV and other STDs)
  • Breast milk (HIV)

There are three main means of transmitting HIV between people:

  • By engaging in high risk sex. High risk sex is any sexual practice which permits semen (cum) or vaginal fluids to enter another person's anus (ass), vagina or blood stream. There are degrees of risk among different types of sexual activity. Risk can often be reduced.
  • By sharing drug works
    • Drug works include needles, syringes, cookers, cotton and water.
    • Drug works are used to share drugs or other substances.
  • From a mother to a child
    • Transmission can happen before birth in the womb, during birth, or after birth through breast-feeding.
    • It is possible to minimize the possibility of transmission from a mother to a fetus in the womb, during birth or to a child after birth.

It is also possible to transmit HIV as follows:

  • Through a blood transfusion. NOTE: The blood supply in the U.S. is considered to be safe thanks to ongoing testing.
  • By biting.
  • By sharing blood such as in a ritual involving blood.
  • By kissing when there are cuts or sores in the mouth.

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