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 risk for contracting HIV and other sexual infections by doing a risk assessment using STD Risk Calculator.
Factors that Increase Your Chances of Contracting HIV
- Unprotected sex
- Men having sex with men
- Having syphilis
- Intravenous drug use
Factors that Decrease Your Chances of Getting HIV
- Monogamous relationship
- Only having protected sex
- Routine testing and routine partner testing
The only way to eliminate your odds of getting HIV is to be 100%. 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.