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Sexual health and HIV

What is my HIV Risk header image

Sexual health and HIV

We’ve come a long way, but today, HIV is still an important consideration when thinking about your sexual health. Just knowing that fact can be a big step toward protecting yourself—and the people you know and love.

Let’s start with some real numbers.

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1 in 8 individuals living with HIV doesn’t know they are positive, and nearly 37,000* Americans are diagnosed with HIV each year. 

*According to a 2019 study.

Here’s what that means. 

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APRETUDE patient 7

HIV can affect anyone

That includes women and people of color. 

Check out these stats:

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Over one-third of new HIV cases among gay and bisexual men are in Black communities*

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Women represent about 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses each year

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1 in 7 transgender women are living with HIV

55% of women diagnosed with HIV are Black and 18% are Hispanic/Latina

55% of women diagnosed with HIV are Black and 18% are Hispanic/Latina§

*According to a 2019 study.

According to a 2018 study.

According to studies conducted between 2006 and 2017.

§According to a 2019 study.

All of that may lead you to wonder…

HIV can affect anyone

That includes women and people of color. 

Check out these stats:

Over one-third pie chart icon

Over one-third of new HIV cases among gay and bisexual men are in Black communities*

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Women represent about 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses each year

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1 in 7 transgender women are living with HIV

55% of women diagnosed with HIV are Black and 18% are Hispanic/Latina

55% of women diagnosed with HIV are Black and 18% are Hispanic/Latina§

*According to a 2019 study.

According to a 2018 study.

According to studies conducted between 2006 and 2017.

§According to a 2019 study.

All of that may lead you to wonder…

Should I get an HIV test?

Absolutely.

If you are sexually active, sometimes have sex without condoms, without knowing your partner’s status, or have multiple partners, it’s recommended to get tested regularly.

Knowing your HIV status means you can choose options to help you stay healthy and protect the health of others. 

Should I get tested?

Let’s talk about sexual networks

A sexual network is a community of intimate connections. A sexual network includes you, anyone you have sexual contact with, and anyone that person (or people) has sexual contact with. 

The more people in your sexual network (including the people your partner[s] may have in their sexual network), the more likely you are to be exposed to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.

The good news? There’s power in numbers. 

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Understanding your sexual network image

When you protect yourself from HIV and encourage your partners to do the same, you help protect yourself. 

What about STIs and HIV?

This may be surprising, but if you’ve had an STI in the last year, you may want to connect with your healthcare provider about HIV prevention.

That’s because having an STI can increase the likelihood of getting HIV. STIs cause inflammation and small openings in the skin, which can allow HIV to enter the body more easily.

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Know where you stand 

Another factor that can contribute to the risk of getting HIV? The ZIP Code you live in.

If your city or town has a higher rate of HIV, it’s even more important to have safer sex and to talk to your healthcare provider about getting on PrEP.

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