Dear Samantha, the human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is spread only in
certain body fluids from a person who is HIV+. These
fluids are blood, semen, pre-seminal fluids, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and
breast milk. It is known that HIV is spread mainly by having sex or sharing injection drug
equipment, such as needles, with someone who is HIV+. Chemotherapy is the use of any drug to treat any disease.
But to most people, the word chemotherapy means the use
of anti-cancer drugs for cancer treatment. The term is often shortened to “chemo”.
Surgery and radiation therapy remove, kill, or damage cancer cells in a
certain areas of the body, but chemotherapy can
work throughout the whole body. As there is no contact with body fluids
from anyone else and, because there is no sharing of equipment, such as needles,
during administration of chemotherapy medicines, there is no possibility of
contracting the virus. (MCH).
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