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AIDS is a viral disease that weakens or destroys the body's immune system. It is caused by Human Immunodeficiency Virus ('HIV'). HIV attacks the body's T-Lymphocyte cells, a critical part of the body's immune system. At least presently, AIDS is invariably fatal. The virus can survive only in the habitat of bodily fluids. Although HIV is present to some degree in every bodily fluid of those who are infected, the only fluids which can transmit the virus are blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. Centers for Disease Control, Recommendations for Prevention of HIV Transmission in Health-Care Settings, 36 MORBIDITY & MORTALITY WKLY. REP. 35 (Supp. No. 2S 1987). Because of the existence of anti-bodies and the low presence of titers, saliva is not an effective means of transmission of HIV and may actually inhibit its transmission. See Nancy Mueller, The Epidemiology of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection, 14 LAW, MED. & HEALTH CARE 250, 256 (1986); P. Fox, et al., Salivary Inhibition of HIV-1 Infectivity: Functional Properties and Distribution in Men, Women and Children, 118 J. AM. DENTAL ASS'N (JADA) 709 (1989). 


The virus is transmitted primarily by direct blood-to-blood contact or by the exchange of ...

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