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Am I at risk of HIV infection?
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Some behavior is more risky than others. It is important to recognize that risk factors are not the direct cause of disease. HIV affects people at every point on the risk spectrum and many people who are most "at risk" of HIV infection never become infected. Understanding HIV risk factors can help you better evaluate your own risk and take steps to reduce your risk of infection.

Some of the most common behavioral risk factors include:

High Risk
transparent gifgrey bulletHaving unprotected anal or vaginal sex with an HIV-infected person or with a person whose HIV status is unknown
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transparent gifgrey bulletHaving multiple sexual partners
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transparent gifgrey bulletHaving sex with sex workers
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transparent gifgrey bulletHaving sex with IV drug users
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transparent gifgrey bulletSharing syringes or needles
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transparent gifgrey bulletUsing nonsterile needles for piercing or tattooing
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Low Risk
transparent gifgrey bulletHaving vaginal or anal sex with a condom
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transparent gifgrey bulletOral sex
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Other factors that may put you at risk of HIV infection include:
transparent gifgrey bulletAnother sexually transmitted disease (STD) such as herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis
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transparent gifgrey bulletHaving been the victim of sexual assault
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transparent gifgrey bulletHaving sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
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transparent gifgrey bulletHaving a mother who had HIV when you were born
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transparent gifgrey bulletSharing needles when injecting drugs
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Learn More
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HIV InSite Knowledge Base.
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