What Do You Know About HIV/AIDS?
According to the CDC, more than 1.1 million Americans are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. One in 8 of these people doesn't know they are infected. Find out more about HIV and AIDS by taking this quiz, based on information from the CDC.
7. The risk for HIV/AIDS is tied to behaviors. Which of these behaviors can put you at risk?
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HIV is found mostly in blood, semen, or vaginal fluid. An HIV-positive person can pass the virus through unprotected sex (oral, vaginal, or anal). The HIV risk from these sexual activites varies widely. Receptive anal intercourse is the riskiest. The risk from oral sex is very low. They can also pass it on through sharing needles or syringes if their HIV is untreated or not fully controlled with medicines. Women whose HIV is not under control with medicines can pass the virus to their babies before birth, during birth, or through breastfeeding. The risk of getting HIV from a blood transfusion is extremely low. Since 1985, all donated blood in the U.S. is tested. HIV is not spread through casual contact, such as shaking hands or hugging, or from sharing food, glasses, utensils, towels, bedding, toilet seats, or pets.
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