Could HIV affect me?

An image of the HIV virusIf you think that HIV is something that could affect you, then you should think about what prevention options might work for you. HIV can affect anyone, but you are more likely to get HIV if certain things apply to you. You should think about prevention options if:

  • You have male partners who find it hard to use condoms, or you and/or your partners prefer not to use condoms.
  • You have recently had a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or used PEP.
  • You have a partner who has HIV and is not on treatment, or is on treatment but does not have an undetectable viral load.
  • HIV is more common in some places or communities, so you could also think about whether you will be having sex in a country or with a partner from a country where HIV is more common.
  • Your partner has other partners.

If you think you might already have been exposed to HIV, you should take an HIV test. There’s more about that here. If you were exposed within the last 72 hours, you should consider taking PEP.