Q. What precautions need to be taken to prevent HIV and AIDS?

Answered by
Dr. Kakkar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Oct 27, 2017

Hello doctor,

What are the precautions that need to be taken to avoid HIV and AIDS?

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • In adults, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is acquired mainly through either unprotected sex with an HIV-infected individual or through sharing of needles as in injection drug abusers (IDUs) and accidentally through needle-stick injury in a healthcare professional.
  • In infants, breastmilk from an HIV-positive mother can transmit the infection. HIV can also pass through the placenta from an HIV-positive mother to the fetus.
  • Kissing, handshake and other casual contact do not transmit HIV.
  • Therefore, having protected sex is a good way to prevent HIV in adults. Since sharing needles can lead to HIV, therefore, one should refrain from being a drug addict. Moreover having sex with a single partner who has sex only with you is not associated with any risk of HIV.

Regards.

For more information consult an HIV AIDS specialist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/HIV-AIDS-specialist

Thank you doctor,

How safe is it to use a shaving blade from a barber shop?

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • It is safe. The barber usually changes the blade for each customer. As people are more aware these days, they themselves make sure that the barber changes the blade for each customer.
  • Also, the HIV virus quickly dies outside the body and does not survive in dried blood. Moreover, it is extremely rare and theoretical that a barber would use a blade with fresh unclotted blood on someone immediately after using it on an HIV-positive individual.

Regards.

For more information consult an HIV AIDS specialist online --> https://icliniq.com./ask-a-doctor-online/HIV-AIDS-specialist

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