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For your information, here are a few facts about HIV transmission.
HIV is found in blood and other body fluids such as semen and vaginal fluids. It cannot live for long outside the body, so to be infected with HIV you need to allow some body fluid from an infected person to get inside your body. The virus can enter the body via contact with the bloodstream or by passing through delicate mucous membranes, such as inside the vagina, rectum or urethra.
The most common ways that people become infected with HIV are:
1. Having sexual intercourse with an infected partner.
2. Injecting drugs using a needle or syringe that has been used by someone who is infected.
3. As a baby of an infected mother, during pregnancy, labour or delivery, or through breastfeeding.
Skin to skin contact, kissing, and sucking the non lactating breast cannot transmit HIV.
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