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Jul 25, 1996

Is there any chance of getting HIV from someone that doesn't have it?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

No. When you're having sex or sharing needles with someone, if they don't have the virus, no matter what you do with them, you will not be at risk of infection. This is true whether the person is male or female, Straight or Gay. It is only if you have sex or share needles WITH AN INFECTED PERSON that you would be at risk. For example, if you have unprotected anal sex with an uninfected person, you will not be at risk no matter how many times you have sex with them. But if you have unprotected anal sex with an infected person, you will then be at risk. It's not the sex itself that poses a risk. It's unprotected sex with an infected person that would pose a risk. Likewise, sharing needles with an uninfected person is not risky. But sharing needles with an infected person is very risky. This information is not only true for HIV but other diseases as well, such as Hepatitis B, or other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's). So a partner must first have the infection themselves before they could pose a risk to you.

If you have further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).

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