Jun 29, 1999
What is casual contact?
| Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Thank you for your question. HIV is not transmitted through any form of casual contact. The following are examples of casual contact. You cannot get HIV through:
coughing sneezing using a toilet taking a shower or a bath washing your hands in a sink shaking hands hugging getting a massage eating food sharing utensils and dishes sharing drinking glasses sitting or standing next to someone using the same swimming pool/hot tub touching a person using a telephone sharing towels or linens touching money, coins, tokens, etc. touching doorknobs sharing pens or pencils sharing clothing or using the same washer/dryer sharing a computer (touching a keyboard, mouse, etc.) being bitten by mosquitoes or any other insect being bitten or scratched by any animal (including pets) working out in a gym holding hands getting a haircut
Put very simply, if you are not having sex with someone, sharing needles with someone, or being directly exposed to another persons blood, you are not at risk of infection for HIV.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).
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