HIV/AIDS Causes and Risk Factors

Unprotected sex and IV drug use will increase your risk for contracting HIV. It's important to practice smart habits and explore risk factors to avoid.

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Undetectable HIV Equals Zero Risk of Transmission
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What Is the Real Risk of HIV From Vaginal Sex?
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3 Surprising Ways That STDs Increase HIV Risk
How Genital Shedding Increases HIV Risk
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Can I Get HIV from a Needlestick Injury?
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The Risk of HIV in Mixed-Status Couples
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Can I Get HIV From Touching Blood or Body Fluids?
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Why the HIV Viral Load Is Important
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What to Do If You Are Accidentally Exposed to HIV
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HIV in Heterosexual Couples: Who Is at Greater Risk?
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Why Some People Are Genetically More Susceptible to HIV
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How Does One STD Infection Increase HIV Risk?
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The Facts About HIV and Oral Sex
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HIV Envelope Proteins and Their Role in HIV Entry and Infectivity
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Can You Get HIV From a Tattoo or Body Piercing?
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What Is the Risk of HIV From Anal Sex?
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Can You Get HIV From Kissing?
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Why Nurses Always Wear Gloves
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What Should I Do If a Condom Breaks?
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Could Your Personal Lubricant Increase HIV Risk?
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Can Douching Increase HIV Risk?
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Can You Get HIV From a Mosquito Bite?
World AIDS Awareness
HIV by the Numbers: Facts and Statistics
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Understanding Why Gay Men Have an Increased Risk of HIV
Does Menstruation Increase HIV Risk?
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Read About the Best Reasons to Discuss HIV With Your Teenager Now
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Can You Lower Your HIV Risk by Pulling Out Early During Sex?
Does HIV Treatment as Prevention Work?
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Why We Use the Term Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)
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When Women Are At Increased Risk of HIV
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Dangers and Signs of Crystal Meth Use
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How Serosorting Affects HIV Risk
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Why 50% of Gay Black Men Will Get HIV