6. How HIV is not transmitted ?
- Drinking water or eating food from the same utensils used by infected person.
- Sharing toilets.
- Shaking hands.
- Hugging or kissing
- Donating blood
- Working with people who are HIV infected.
- Massage and rub each other's bodies.
- Swimming in pools used by people with HIV/AIDS.
- Through mosquito bite
- Socialising or casually living with people with HIV/AIDS.
7. How long can HIV survive outside the human body ?
Generally the virus does not survive at the room temperature due to
its fragile nature. Scientific studies have found that HIV can sometimes survive in dried blood at room temperature for
up to six days.
8. Are condoms effective at preventing infection with the virus HIV ?
Yes. There are many different types and brands of condoms available--however, only latex or polyurethane condoms provide a highly effective mechanical barrier to HIV. If a latex condom is used correctly every time during sex, this is highly effective in providing protection against HIV.
9. Why can't somebody become infected with HIV through normal social contact/activities?
This is because HIV is not an airborne, water borne or food-borne virus.
10. Can somebody be infected with HIV from needles on movie/cinema seats ?
There have been many rumors through the newspapers and e-mail, about
people becoming infected from needles left on cinema seats. However this hasn’t been proved anytime.
For HIV infection to take place in this way the needle would need to contain infected blood with a high level of infectious virus. If a person was then pricked with an infected needle, the chances of becoming infected are practically very low.Though the discarded needles can transfer blood and blood-borne illnesses such as hepatitis B, C and HIV, the risk of infection taking place in this way is extremely low.