How Can Someone Become Infected with HIV?
Two main ways to become infected with HIV are:
- Having vaginal, anal, and/or oral sex with an infected person or
- Sharing drug needles or syringes with an infected person.
Less common or rare cases of passing HIV to another person has happened by:
- A woman to her baby during pregnancy, during birth, or while
- Receiving blood transfusions. This possibility has been greatly reduced
since all blood donations are carefully screened and tested.
- Contact between broken skin or wounds and HIV-infected blood/
You cannot get HIV from:
- Everyday contact with infected people (e.g. touching, hugging, shaking
- Clothes, phones, or toilet seats.
- Mosquito bites or blood-sucking insects.
JSMC will treat all patients without regard to their HIV/AIDS status. If you would like more information, please call:
If you have questions or would like more information, ask your nurse or call:
|Kentucky AIDS Hotline
|CDC National AIDS Hotline
(800) 232-4636 or (888) 232-6348