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What can increase HIV risk?

Many factors can increase someone's chance of getting or transmitting HIV, either from having sex or sharing needles. Every exposure to HIV does not carry the same risk. Having a high viral load greatly increases the chance of transmitting HIV, and having a sexually transmitted disease can increase the chances of getting or transmitting HIV.

Using drugs and alcohol, or aspects of your relationships with sexual partners can also increase the chance of an HIV exposure.

It is important to know that many things work very well to decrease HIV risk.