HIV/AIDS Glossary

Contagious Disease

Synonym(s): Contagious

A communicable disease that can spread rapidly from person to person through direct contact (touching a person who has the infection), indirect contact (touching a contaminated object), or droplet contact (inhaling droplets made when a person who has the infection coughs, sneezes, or talks).

Related Term(s): Communicable Disease, Infectious Disease, Sexual Transmission

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