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Can you get HIV through casual contact?

Even though we’ve been dealing with the HIV epidemic and HIV as a virus for 35 plus years there’s still some misinformation out in the community about how is it actually transmitted, can you get it from sharing utensils, drinking the same glass. Can you get it from mosquitoes. Can you get it from toilet seats and the answer to all those questions is no, you can’t get it that way.

Dr. David Malebranche, MD, MPH, a clinician-researcher specializing in HIV, gives the lowdown on all things HIV care and treatment in the latest installment of the #AskTheHIVDoc video series.


#AskTheHIVDoc is a video series from Greater Than HIV featuring top HIV doctors providing answers to commonly-asked questions about HIV prevention, testing and treatment.

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