for Veterans and the Public
Are you at risk?
If you can answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you are at above-average risk of HIV.
- Have you ever had "unprotected" oral, vaginal, or anal sex (sex without a condom or other latex barrier)?
- Have you ever had sex with someone who was an IV drug user or had HIV?
- Have you ever had a sexually transmitted disease (STD) such as herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, or hepatitis?
- Have you ever had an unplanned pregnancy?
- Have you ever been sexually assaulted (raped, or forced or talked into having sex when you didn't want to)?
- Have you ever passed out or forgotten what happened after you were drinking or getting high?
- Have you ever shared needles or other equipment to inject drugs or pierce the skin, such as tattooing?
- Have you ever received a blood transfusion? (The risk is very low in the United States, but can vary in other countries.)
- Did your mother have HIV when you were born, or did she die of AIDS?