An early common misconception about HIV was
that it only infected homosexual men.
However, anyone can contract the virus, regardless of age, race, sex, or
Risk factors for HIV/AIDS include:
Because HIV is spread through bodily fluids,
the use of a condom (especially latex or polyurethane) greatly reduces the risk
of transmission. Anal sex is more
hazardous than vaginal sex.
Multiple Sexual Partners
Although being monogamous does not guarantee
against exposure to the disease, it greatly reduces the risk. If you are sure that both you and your
partner are monogamous and not infected by HIV, there is no way for
transmission to occur unless another partner is introduced and that person has
Suffering from Another STD
Many sexually transmitted diseases, like
chlamydia or gonorrhea, cause open sores on the genitals, allowing strains of
HIV to enter the body more easily.
Use of Intravenous Drugs
Sharing needles and syringes is common
amongst intravenous drug users. Exposure
to infected blood greatly increases a person’s risk for acquiring HIV.
Men who are uncircumcised experience greater
risk for heterosexual transmission of HIV than those who have been circumcised.