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Transmition Equation

Question: 

Hello,

On transmition equation, it is written that under the ACTIVITIES are -- unprotected anal/ vaginal sex, sharing needles, mother to child.

Does is mean if I'm NOT engaged in the activities listed above (unprotected anal/ vaginal sex, sharing needles and mother to child) I don't have to worry about HIV transmition?

Thanks!

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION

BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection

= RISK OF HIV TRANSMISSION

The activities listed in the HIV Transmission Equation are known High Risk activities. We know that a significant number of scientific studies have repeatedly associated the activities with HIV. There have been a lot of confirmed reports of infection in this way.

There are other activities that have demonstrated to lead to HIV transmission, but on a lower risk scale. Please visit our Risk Assessment Chart for a break down of the risk levels of various activities.

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org