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Last Updated: Wednesday December 01 2004 11:15 GMT

How do you get it?

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  • It can be passed on through blood and other body fluids (though not saliva).

  • It is spread through having unprotected sex with an infected partner or by injecting drugs if infected drug addicts share needles.

  • Before 1983 there were some cases of people catching Aids from blood transfusions, but this is virtually impossible now because blood is screened.

  • Pregnant women with Aids can pass the virus on to their babies at birth or through breast milk. This is the main way that children - especially in Africa - get Aids.

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