HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that damages the cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight everyday infections and disease.
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HIV can't be transmitted through sweat, urine or saliva.
The most common way of getting HIV in the UK is through having anal or vaginal sex without a condom.
This includes semen, vaginal and anal fluids, blood, and breast milk.
It's a fragile virus and doesn't survive outside the body for long.
Other ways of getting HIV include: The chance of getting HIV through oral sex is very low and will be dependent on many things, such as whether you receive or give oral sex and the oral hygiene of the person giving the oral sex. Seek medical advice as soon as possible if you think you might have been exposed to HIV.
You can get tested in a number of places, including at your GP surgery, sexual health clinics, and clinics run by charities.
They need to live a healthy and non-risky life so that they and their partners are protected,” she pointed out.
A recent study by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with National Aids Commission (NAC), and the World Bank found that more than 90 percent of new infections are among those who were previously considered to be at low risk, such as couples and partners in stable sexual relationships.
“This is dangerous because one can have the virus without it affecting their immune system.