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HIV is a virus that weakens your immune system. It destroys cells in your body that help to fight disease and infection. Without HIV treatment, the virus can lead to a serious stage of infection called AIDS.
There are only a few ways you can get HIV. The two most common ways people get HIV are from:
sex without protection
sharing injection drug equipment
You cannot get HIV from casual contact. HIV is not spread by kissing or hugging, sharing food and drinks, shaking hands, sitting on toilet seats, or getting a mosquito bite! HIV cannot be passed on through sweat, spit, or urine either. Get more facts about HIV transmission here.
semen or pre-seminal
You can only get HIV when fluids containing enough of the virus enter your bloodstream. The only fluids that transmit HIV are: