HIV/AIDS stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. HIV is a virus which, if untreated, may later develop into the disease AIDS.
How do you get it?
HIV is spread by exchanging infected body fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal discharge and anal mucous during sexual contact and/or sharing needles with an infected person, receiving a transfusion of contaminated blood, or between mother and infant before or during birth (perinatal HIV), or by breastfeeding.
Use condoms and get tested (females, males) if you have sex with a different partner, or if your partner is also having sex with others. There is only a small chance that the virus can be passed on through oral sex except where there are cuts or sores in the mouth or on the genitals. Avoid taking semen, menstrual fluid or vaginal discharge into the mouth.