Chances of Getting HIV

What are your odds of getting HIV? Your odds of contracting HIV depend on a number of factors.

  • Condoms are very effective at helping to prevent the spread of HIV.
  • The risk of your partner being infected affects your risk of contracting HIV.
  • Some sexual activities are more risky than others. Vaginal and anal sex are higher-risk activities. Receptive anal sex is the highest-risk activity.
  • Anti-retroviral therapy can reduce your partner’s risk of transmitting HIV. This is known as treatment as prevention.
  • The time at which someone acquires HIV can also influence their chances of passing on the infection.
You can assess your risk for contracting HIV and other sexual infections by doing a risk assessment using STD Risk Calculator.

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Factors that Increase Your Chances of Contracting HIV

  • Unprotected sex
  • Men having sex with men
  • Syphilis
  • Intravenous drug use

Factors that Decrease Your Chances of Getting HIV

  • Monogamous relationship
  • Protected sex
  • Routine testing and routine partner testing
The only way to eliminate your odds of getting HIV is to be in a 100% monogamous relationship with a non-infected partner, not use intravenous drugs, and not to receive any blood transfusions.
If you are concerned about the potential of having contracted HIV, consider getting a 4th-generation HIV test for the earliest and best results with a HIV test.