Anyone can get HIV, but there are certain risk factors that can change the likelihood of transmission. UNM Truman Health Services can help you identify if you are at risk, know your status, and get high quality medical treatment if it is necessary.
HIV Risk Factors
In New Mexico, certain groups have a higher risk for HIV infection. These include:
- Men who have sex with men (MSM)
- Intravenous drug users
- Sex workers
- Anyone who engages in risky, unprotected sex
HIV disproportionately affects Native Americans, African Americans, and Hispanics nationwide. But, HIV does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, no matter your background, education, or social status.
Lowering Your HIV Risk Factors
There are many things you can do to lower your risk of HIV infection:
- Wear condoms. Latex and female condoms are proven to be an effective way to guard against HIV infection.
- Use clean needles. Do not share needles with others and use needle exchange programs.
- Limit substance use. Alcohol and other drugs can lower inhibitions and impair judgment, heightening the likelihood of unprotected sex.
- Limit sexual partners. The more sexual partners you have, the higher your risk of getting HIV becomes.
- Get tested. Knowing your status is the best tool to prevent HIV infection.
Contact Us to Lower Your HIV Risk Factor
The first step to lowering your risk of HIV infection is to know your HIV status.
Know your HIV risk factors and get tested!
Call 505.272.1312 to find an HIV test in Albuquerque.