Family Life and Sexual Health, Grade 7, Lesson 21
a bigger problem before the U.S. began testing the blood supply in 1985. It is still a problem in countries that cannot afford to test their blood supply.
It is theoretically possible to get HIV from sharing needles for tattoos or piercings. There are no known cases of these two modes of transmission; however, hepatitis B and C have been transmitted those ways. We recommend not sharing needles - period. It is safest to have piercing and tattooing done by a professional who follows proper cleaning procedures.
Steroids, like mind-altering drugs, are sometimes taken through needles. Sharing needles could transmit HIV and other viruses.
What are some ways that HIV is not transmitted?
Being bitten by a mosquito
Sitting on a toilet seat
Sharing eating utensils, food, or objects handled by people with HIV
Spending time in the same house, school, or public place with a person with HIV
Can kissing transmit HIV?
In the twenty years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, there has only been one case of HIV transmission thought to be from kissing. Both people in this case had lots of bleeding from their gums and other sores in their mouths.
You do not need to worry about getting HIV from kissing.
What is the only 100% safe way to protect oneself?
Abstinence from injection drugs and sex
What is abstinence?
“Abstinence” is a fancy word for choosing not to do something.
People sometimes decide to abstain from all kinds of things: chocolate, cigarettes, sex, TV, meat and so forth.
When people decide to abstain from something, it may be a temporary or long-term decision.
TV and movies make sex and drugs look so good, why would anyone ever abstain?
People and their families have many different beliefs about abstaining from sex; some of these are religious beliefs.
For example, some people believe that no matter how old they are, it is best to abstain from sex unless they are married, or until they are able to support a baby, or until they have both been tested for HIV and other STD’s.
Some people abstain so they can focus on schoolwork and other activities.
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