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"How Can You Catch AIDS and HIV?"

Our Viewer Asks the Most Basic and The Most Important Question?

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Updated August 20, 2007

A viewer asks:
"I have a question about HIV. How can you catch AIDS and HIV through having sexual intercourse? I've always wanted to know."

Your HIV Guide Responds:

Sexual intercourse as well as other sexual contact exposes both partners to HIV infected bodily fluid in semen, vaginal fluid and rectal secretions. If there are any microscopic openings in the tissue of the mouth, rectum, or vagina, HIV can enter those openings, make its way to the bloodstream, and eventually start reproducing, infecting the individual with HIV.

How Does HIV Reproduce?

The best way to protect yourself and your partner from getting HIV is to use condoms with each and every oral, anal, or vaginal sexual contact.

Using Condoms the Proper Way

And the only way to know if you have been infected is to get an HIV test.

Where Can You Get Tested For HIV?

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