HIV Can’t Be Transmitted Via Casual Contact


Sadly there are still many people who have no understanding of how HIV is transmitted.

For those who have HIV positive friends or family member it’s important to understand that HIV can’t be transmitted by:

  • Casual contact including hugs, kisses and hand shaking
  • Sharing a bathroom or toilet
  • Sharing cooking utensils

Despite ongoing public education I sill get patients visiting for a rapid HIV test stating they are worried they may have been infected with HIV due to casual contact.

We have a long way to go it seems.

Dr George Forgan-Smith

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