Risk Factors

You may be at an increased risk to contract HIV if you have ever:

  • Had unprotected vaginal, oral, or anal sexual activity or intercourse.
  • Had unprotected sex with a man who has had sex with another man or other men.
  • Had unprotected sex with someone who has HIV or AIDS, or who you think might have been infected.
  • Had unprotected sex with someone you believe has injected drugs (someone who “shoots up”).
  • Injected drugs, steroids, or vitamins, or have a sexual partner who did or does so.
  • Shared needles and/or the same cooker, cotton, rinse water, or other possibly contaminated materials.
  • Had multiple sexual partners.
  • Given or received money or drugs in exchange for sex.
  • Had a sexually transmitted disease (STD), such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, genital herpes or warts, or had a sexual partner with an STD.
  • Received transfusions of blood or blood components between early 1978 and mid-1985, or had a sexual partner who did.
  • Had sexual partners who have had other sexual partners who did any of the above.

If you answer “yes” to ANY of these questions you may be at increased risk for HIV.

To inquire about free and confidential HIV testing in your area, make the toll-free call at 1-800-966-9735.