HIV is a fragile virus and cannot survive outside of its host (the human body or body fluids). HIV dies quickly when exposed to air, therefore it must be passed directly into the body for infection to occur.

People contract HIV through:

  • Unprotected sex – anal, vaginal and oral
  • Sharing needles or syringes
  • Pregnancy – mother to child, delivery or breast-feeding

It’s important to know your risk and take the proper precautions. Check out our prevention section for ways to lower your risk and stay on top of your health!

If you’re worried about possible exposure to HIV contact us, our staff will help you determine your level of risk.