HIV and AIDS Risk Factors

What are the risk factors that lead to this condition? Are you at risk of getting HIV and AIDS? Below you'll find information on each of the known risk factors for this condition.

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HIV and AIDS Risks


Factors that increase your chance of getting HIV include:

  • Having multiple sexual partners
  • Injecting illegal drugs, especially with used or dirty needles
  • Having regular exposure to HIV-contaminated blood or other body fluids (a concern for healthcare workers)
  • Being born to an HIV-infected mother
  • Receiving donor blood products, tissue, organs, or artificial insemination
  • Being an immigrants from geographic locations with high numbers of AIDS patients (east central Africa and Haiti)
  • Having a sexual relationship with a high-risk individual or a partner already infected with HIV

The risk factor for AIDS is having HIV.


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