Ways HIV is Not Transmitted
HIV does not survive long outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host. It is not transmitted
- By mosquitoes, ticks, or other insects.
- Through saliva, tears, or sweat.
- By hugging, shaking hands, sharing toilets, sharing dishes, or closed-mouth or “social” kissing with someone who has HIV.
- Through other sexual activities that don’t involve the exchange of body fluids (for example, touching).
- Through the air.
Page last reviewed: April 21, 2021