Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Acquired Immunodeficiancy Syndrome

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Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

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Research has revealed a great deal of valuable medical, scientific, and public health information about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).  The ways in which HIV can be transmitted have been clearly identified.

How HIV Disease is Transmitted

HIV is spread by sexual contact with an infected person, by sharing needles and/or syringes with someone who is infected, or, less commonly, through transfusions of infected blood or blood clotting factors.  Babies born to HIV-infected women may become infected before or during birth or through breast-feeding after birth...

In the health care setting, workers have been infected with HIV after being stuck with needles containing HIV-infected blood or, less frequently, after infected blood gets into a worker's open cut or a mucous membrane (for example, the eyes or inside of the nose)...

Kissing and HIV Disease

Casual contact through closed-mouth or "social" kissing is not a risk for transmission of HIV.  Because of the potential for contact with blood during "French" or open-mouth kissing, CDC recommends against engaging in this activity with a person known to be infected.  However, the risk of acquiring HIV during open-mouth kissing is believed to be very low...

Saliva, Tears, and Sweat

HIV has been found in saliva and tears in very low quantities from some AIDS patients...

Effectiveness of Condoms with HIV and AIDS Disease

Condoms are classified as medical devices and are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Condom manufacturers in the United States test each latex condom for defects, including holes, before it is packaged.  The proper and consistent use of latex or polyurethane condoms when engaging in sexual intercourse - vaginal, anal, or oral - can greatly reduce a persons risk of acquiring or transmitting sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection.

There are many different types and brands of condoms available - however, only latex or polyurethane condoms provide a highly effective mechanical barrier to HIV.

For condoms to provide maximum protection, they must be used consistently (every time) and correctly.

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