Roblin, Andrew
March 1989
Prevention;Mar89, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p49
This article presents fifteen hypothetical situations in which the AIDS virus cannot be transmitted. First, sharing an elevator with one--or even a dozen--AIDS patients. Second, sharing a Perrier or pizza with someone who is not infected. This article notes that the AIDS virus is rarely found in saliva. Third, shaking hands with or hugging an infected person. This article notes that the virus is not found in sweat or on skin. Fourth, being sneezed on or coughed on by an AIDS patient. Fifth, sitting on a toilet seat, even if the person who used it was infected. Sixth, swimming in a pool or soaking in a hot tub, even if someone else in the water is infected. Seventh, kissing an infected person on the cheek or lips. Eighth, eating in a restaurant, even if the chef is infected. Ninth, donating blood. Tenth, being bitten by mosquitoes or other insects. Eleventh, one cannot get AIDS from the hepatitis-B vaccine or gamma-globulin shot. Twelfth, one cannot get AIDS from pets and other nonhuman animals, even those infected with AIDS-like diseases. Thirteenth, working or going to school with someone who has AIDS. Fourteenth, visiting an infected person's home. Fifteenth, having sex with someone who is not infected. INSET: The three known ways you can get AIDS; Sex safety.;The true risk.


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