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HIV is a virus that attacks human immune cells weakening the immune system the bodies defence system. Without treatment most people infected by HIV will go on to develop AIDS.
HIV invades the cells of a living organism in order to make new copies of itself as do all viruses, it is the way they replicate HIV can only be transmitted from person to person in certain ways and the purpose of this article is to explain how you can and can’t become infected and remove some common misconceptions.
HIV is found in blood and other body fluids such as semen and vaginal fluids. It does not live for long outside the body, so to become infected with HIV you need to allow body fluid from an infected person to get inside your body. The virus can enter the body via contact with the bloodstream or by passing through delicate mucous membranes, such as inside the vagina, rectum or urethra.
The most common ways that people CAN become infected with HIV are:
You cannot get infected by HIV by