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AIDS Prevention Since many people have the HIV virus or at least heard of it everybody should know what it is and what it does HIV is the virus that causes AIDS HIV is not spread through kissing sneezes sweat mosquitos eating utensils and drinking fountains HIV is spread by having vaginal anal or oral sex sharing needles and through the contact of body fluids from an infected person HIV infected people usually look and feel healthy and may not even know that they are infected Only a blood test can tell if someone is infected with HIV or not It can take up to 10 years for symptoms to appear and the symptoms are like many common illnesses swollen glands coughing and fevers Its not who you are but what you do that puts at risk for HIV There are many ways to reduce the risk and try to prevent yourself from being infected with HIV One way to prevent yourself from getting HIV is to not use needles Many people injects drugs into themselves by means of needles Drugs are very dangerous and using needles carries the chance of being infected with HIV from someone else who used the needle There is a chance of getting HIV from blood transfusions too but the hospitals disinfect needles for the safety of their patients Although its not safe to do drugs if using needles do not share them with anyone If you were to let someone else use a needle that has been used already by another person you are just putting them at risk to be infected Another way you can be infected by the HIV virus is by vaginal oral or anal sex One way to keep yourself from not getting HIV is abstinence You can also help prevent the transmission of HIV with a condom Although condoms are not 100 effective they can be safe to help reduce the risk
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