Risk Factors for AIDS
Having Unprotected Sex
- Sexual relationship with a high-risk individual or a partner already infected with HIV
- Multiple sexual partners
- Sex with someone who has more than one sexual partner
- Sex without using a condom including vaginal and anal sex
- Having other sexually transmitted diseases
- Injecting illegal drugs, especially with used or dirty needles
- Regular exposure to HIV-contaminated blood or other body fluids
- Being born to an HIV-infected mother
- Living in or being from a geographic locations with high numbers of AIDS patients
- Receiving donor blood products, tissue, organs, or artificial insemination before 1985 (infections from donated tissue after 1985 is unlikely due to strict screening processes)
- Uncircumcised penis—circumcised men are less likely to develop HIV infection than uncircumcised men.
Having Certain Medical Conditions
Having Certain Medical Procedures
Being a Healthcare Worker
Know Your Status
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- Reviewer: David L. Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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