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I have heard that one fifth of new hiv transmission in Africa are taken from hospital. Are hospitals in Canada or US risk free?

Hi, and thanks for your question

In Canada, hospitals follow strict infection control measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We really do not see HIV acquired from hospital visits in Canada. HIV is most commonly passed through sexual contact or through sharing needles to inject drugs with an infected person.

Have a look at our HIV and AIDS page for more information on how HIV is spread.

You might also be interested to look at some Canadian statistics for HIV found HERE

Let us know if this does not answer your question or if you have any more questions or concerns.
Health Nurse

This answer was posted on March 13, 2019

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