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is aids an automatic death sentence for all involved sexually

Jun 24, 1997

is there a chance that if i come in contact with someone who has been affected that i would not be affected, or would i automatically affected.

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question. When having sex with an infected person, you can become infected after having sex with them just one time; however, you can also have sex with that same person 100 times and still not get infected. But the more times you have sex with an infected person, the greater the chance that transmission will occur. It is never a guarantee that you will get infected. But the more times you put yourself at risk, the greater the chance that you'll ultimately become infected. This is true with all Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's), whether you're talking about HIV, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis B etc. Luckily, transmission of STD's is not automatic. But everyone certainly has the ability to reduce their risk, by either abstaining from sex, practicing safer sex, not getting drunk or high on drugs that affect judgement, and so forth.

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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