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HIV/AIDS

Updated 26 June 2014

How HIV is transmitted

We all have some knowledge of how HIV is transmitted, but what are the facts? Dr Avron Urison breaks down the detailed facts.

We all have some knowledge of how HIV is transmitted, but what are the facts? Dr Avron Urison breaks down the detailed facts.

Transmission

 

  • The stage of the disease of the infected person (individuals at the time of infection and at the advanced stages of the disease have higher levels of virus in their blood and are therefore likely to be more infectious)
  • The type of strain of HIV
  • The infecting persons sexual health (for example: the presence or absence of sexually transmitted diseases)
  • The sexual health of the person who may become infected (presence or absence of sexually transmitted diseases)
  • Age (Youngsters are at greater risk due to lifestyle and greater libido, desire for sex)
  • New research shows that uncircumcised men are at greater risk

  • Intravenous drug use: Up to 10%
  • Blood transfusions: 5% and
  • Exposure to infection through needles etc.: 0.01%

 

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