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How can unsafe sex put you at risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

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One of the most common ways you can get HIV is through vaginal or anal sex with someone who has HIV. You could pass HIV during oral sex, too, but that's less common. The more sexual partners you have, the higher your odds for an HIV infection. That’s especially true if your partner injects drugs or is a sex worker or is otherwise at high risk for HIV.

Using condoms, barriers, and dental dams will help a lot to keep you safe, but they're not perfect.

From: What Puts You at Risk for HIV? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "HIV and AIDS: How to Reduce Your Risk."

UCSF School of Medicine HIV/AIDS: "Am I at Risk?"

CDC: "HIV and AIDS: Are You at Risk?"

The Foundation for AIDS Research: "Facts for Life: What you and the people you care about need to know about HIV/AIDS."

JAMA: "HIV Infection: The Basics."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "HIV Infection and AIDS: An Overview," "Scientists Discover Key Genetic Factor in Determining HIV/AIDS Risk."

FDA.

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "HIV and AIDS: How to Reduce Your Risk."

UCSF School of Medicine HIV/AIDS: "Am I at Risk?"

CDC: "HIV and AIDS: Are You at Risk?"

The Foundation for AIDS Research: "Facts for Life: What you and the people you care about need to know about HIV/AIDS."

JAMA: "HIV Infection: The Basics."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "HIV Infection and AIDS: An Overview," "Scientists Discover Key Genetic Factor in Determining HIV/AIDS Risk."

FDA.

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on October 26, 2018

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