From prevention to testing to treatment, nearly everything about HIV has changed for the better. And the best part? The end of the epidemic is within reach.
How is HIV Transmitted?
HIV spreads when certain bodily fluids from an HIV-positive person enter the bloodstream of somebody without the virus. But there are a lot of misconceptions about how that happens.
You CAN get HIV from:
- Vaginal or anal sex, even without ejaculation
- Sharing syringes or injection equipment
- Exposure to blood with open wounds or sores
- Oral sex, in very rare cases
- Breast milk, in very rare cases
You CAN’T get HIV from:
- Sneezing or coughing
- Hugging, kissing, or shaking hands
- Sharing gym equipment or a restroom
- Sharing a pool or hot tub
- Pets or bug bites
- Saliva (sharing food, drinks, cups. or utensils)
Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) is an incredible scientific advancement that will help end the HIV epidemic. People living with HIV who take their medication as prescribed can effectively eliminate the risk of passing it to their partners.