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How is HIV not spread?

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There is no evidence that HIV is spread by:

  • Contact with saliva, tears, or sweat
  • Shaking hands
  • Hugging
  • Sharing food utensils
  • Sharing linens, like towels and bedding
  • Swimming in the same pool
  • Normal contact children experience in schools and homes
  • Using the same telephone
  • Using the same toilet seats
  • Bites from insects or other animals

Last Updated Date: 12/16/2013
Last Reviewed Date: 06/04/2013
Vision National Institutes of Health Home BOND National Institues of Health Home Home Storz Lab: Section on Environmental Gene Regulation Home Machner Lab: Unit on Microbial Pathogenesis Home Division of Intramural Population Health Research Home Bonifacino Lab: Section on Intracellular Protein Trafficking Home Lilly Lab: Section on Gamete Development Home Lippincott-Schwartz Lab: Section on Organelle Biology