Something You Didn’t Know About Contracting HIV

It is believed you are already aware of the major ways of contracting HIV. This article is basically to show the unexpected ways of contracting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. 

Human Immunodeficiency Virus lives in the following bodily fluids of an infected person:

  • blood
  • Semen and pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum)
  • Rectal fluids/anal mucous
  • Vaginal fluids
  • Breast milk.

To get infected, these bodily fluids need to get into your blood through a mucous membrane (for example the lining of the vagina, rectum, the opening of the penis, or the mouth), breaks in the skin (like cuts), or be injected directly into your bloodstream.

Below are ways of contracting the Virus;

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that there is a very low likelihood of getting HIV via contact sports. The risk of infection occurs only if athletes sustain wounds that are not immediately treated. This provides an opportunity for blood transfer between infected and non-infected athletes.

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The risk of contracting Human Immuno Deficiency Virus through fighting occur when the bruise of the infected person is expose during the struggle this create opportunity of blood transfer from infected person to the skin of the other.

The risk for getting or transmitting the virus is very high if a person tested negative shares needles with someone who has contracted the virus. It’s also possible to get HIV from tattooing or body piercing if the equipment used for these procedures has someone else’s blood in it or if the ink is shared. The risk of getting HIV from tattooing or body piercing is higher when the person doing the procedure is unlicensed,

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In unlikely case that a person who is HIV-positive donates blood products which have not been tested, the person who receives the blood product is likely to develop an HIV infection t

The chances of getting HIV from oral sex is less than 5 percent. Infection usually occurs when infected sexual fluids enter cuts inside an uninfected person’s mouth, or when blood from an open sore in an HIV positive patient’s mouth enters an uninfected person’s system.

There is about 14 percent probability of infected mothers contaminating their babies via breastfeeding. However this figure can drop to about 4 percent if the mother is on antiviral medication.

There is a 20 to 30 percent probability of babies getting HIV from their mothers during pregnancy and delivery. Infection usually occurs during delivery. However this can be reduced if the infected mother is receiving antiviral medication.

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