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Swimming, drinking tea and french kissing

Some ways you cannot pass on your HIV.
Some things you don't have to worry about.

There is no way that you can pass on your HIV to others in a swimming pool, by sharing a cup or by French kissingzwemmen someone. You don’t need to worry about anything in your day-to-day contact with others. To pass on HIV, a certain amount of virus needs to be present. You cannot pass on HIV via saliva (spit), sweat, snot or tears, since none of those contain enough of the virus.

In other words, you don’t need to take any special precautions at home, at school, at work or wherever else you might be.

Viral load and risk

What if you do have another STI?
Having another STI could possibly increase your chances of passing your HIV on to someone else. Since you don’t always notice STIs, you could possibly have one without knowing it. If you have an STI, the amount of HIV in your sperm or vaginal fluid can be greater than normal.

HIV, viral load and (un)protected sex

Information for professionals
This information sheet describes the current (May 2011) state of research regarding the relation between HIV viral load, combination therapy and the chance of HIV transmission through (un)protected sexual contact. Professionals who deal with persons with HIV and/or their partners can use this information to give their clients customised advice, thereby enabling them to make informed decisions.


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