People get HIV through contact with body fluids that come from someone who has it. The most common ways that someone can get HIV are by:
- Having sex (anal, vaginal, or oral) with a person who has HIV without using a Condom
- Sharing drug needles or other drug equipment with someone who has HIV
- Using the same needle as someone with HIV when you get a tattoo
Women with HIV can pass it to their babies before or during birth, and through breastfeeding.