Monday, December 10, 2012

Common ways HIV is transferred:

  • Having intimate physical contact with someone who is HIV positive.
  • Sharing needles or injection with users who are HIV positive.
  • From HIV positive women to their babies.
  • Bodily fluids.
HIV also can be transmitted through transfusion of infected blood or blood clotting factors.  However, since 1985, all donated blood in the United States have been tested for HIV. The risk of infection through transfusion of blood or blood products is extremely low-but if you have risk factors for HIV, you should avoid donating blood.  It is important to remember that you should not donate blood for the purpose of getting tested for HIV.

Guam's AIDS hotline is (671) 734-AIDS (2437) for more information and assistance.

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