/Can I get HIV through casual contact?

HIV is not transmitted by casual contact including:

  • Touching, talking, or sharing a home with a person who is HIV positive or has AIDS
  • Sharing utensils, such as forks, knives, or spoons
  • Using swimming pools, hot tubs, drinking fountains, toilet seats, tanning beds, doorknobs, gym equipment, or telephones used by people with HIV/AIDS
  • Having someone with HIV/AIDS hug, kiss, sneeze, cough, breathe, sweat, or cry on you
  • Being bitten by mosquitoes
  • Donating blood
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