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10 Common Fears About HIV Transmission

August 22, 2017

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Shaking Hands

2. Shaking Hands

Shaking hands is considered "casual contact" and absolutely does not put you at risk for contracting HIV. It doesn't matter whether the shaking involved hands (yours, theirs or both) that were peeling, sweaty, dirty or had cuts on them.

The same goes for other common concerns, such as hugging someone, being scratched or even being bitten (unless the bite is very deep, meaning it went all the way through your skin -- and even then, any potential risk would be extremely small).

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