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Is it possible to get AIDS from saliva?

Is it possible to get AIDS from saliva? My friend licked his finger while flipping the pages of a book and I immediately touched it, since I was explaining something. My thumb has a skin condition and has open cuts. My friend is gay and I’m not familiar with his sexual past. I heard that gay people are more likely to have AIDS - is this true? And if he does have AIDS, is it possible that I’m infected?

I’m too scared to get tested for HIV...what should I do?

I am a 22-year-old college student and have been with 14 partners. Three of them did not wear condoms. I had an STD a while ago, but nothing since then. I also get yearly exams and haven’t had sex in over a year. But I’m worried that I might have AIDS. I feel almost crazy thinking about it…and I’m too scared to get tested. What should I do?

Can I get AIDS in a hot tub?

Last week, I had sex with my new girlfriend…she said she’s a virgin and hasn’t been tested. We were in the bathtub and used a condom. After we had sex, I took the condom off and fingered her in the water. My penis was also under the water. If my girlfriend is HIV-positive, could I get HIV from being in the tub with her? Can HIV survive underwater? Also, do condoms provide the same level of safety underwater?

I had unprotected oral sex with a prostitute...could I have gotten HIV or an STD?

I’m very scared because, in the last two or three months, I’ve had sex with different prostitutes. I used a condom, except when I had unprotected oral sex (mouth to vagina). Two days ago, I suddenly got a skin rash and fever. I thought it was just an allergy, but the anti-allergy pills haven’t made the fevers go away. Could I have gotten HIV or an STD? Please help!

How effective are condoms at reducing the risk of HIV?

I had sex with a prostitute two weeks ago. I used a condom, but I was wondering if there’s a chance that I’m infected with HIV? This was the first time I ever had sex. I don’t have a partner and I may have to rely on paid sex even in the future. If I use a condom every time, what are my chances of getting an STD?

What’s my HIV risk if we’re both virgins?

I had sex with my girlfriend and didn’t use a condom. I didn’t penetrate deep into her vagina. She and I have not had sex with anyone before and I don’t have any symptoms. Could I still be infected with HIV?

Could I still be at risk for HIV even if my partner isn’t infected?

I’m gay and I like having oral sex with my friend. But I heard that oral sex can be risky for getting HIV/AIDS. My partner is free from these diseases…do I have anything to worry about?  

Well, I’m just wondering: how is HIV spread?

How is HIV spread? What are the ways you can get it…and can you get it from holding hands or is it just from sex? I’m so confused! 

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