Among adults, HIV transmission usually occurs through sexual contact. Transmission also occurs through contact with infected blood. In children, transmission usually occurs when a child is either nursing or born to a mot... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

People can help prevent contracting human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, by engaging in less risky sexual behavior, using condoms, abstaining from intravenous drug use and limiting their number of sexual partners, accor... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

The human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is transmitted through sex with an infected person, blood transfusions and sharing needles. A mother with HIV can pass the virus to her child through pregnancy and breastfeeding. More » Health Conditions & Diseases
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Individuals can contract HIV without an open wound if HIV-infected fluids come in contact with a mucous membrane or are injected directly into the bloodstream. Mucous membranes are found inside the vagina, rectum, openin... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

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