Ways HIV is Transmitted

HOW IS HIV PASSED FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER? Most people get or transmit HIV through one of the following ways: Anal sex Vaginal sex Sharing needles, syringes, or other drug ejection equipment Perinatal transmission (from birthing parent to child during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding)… Read More

Factors that Increase HIV Risk

VIRAL LOAD Viral load is the amount of HIV virus particles in the blood of someone who has HIV. The higher someone’s viral load, the more likely that person is to transmit HIV. Viral load is highest during the acute phase of HIV and without… Read More

HIV and Substance Use

SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS AND HIV Substance use disorders, which are problematic patterns of using alcohol or other substances, such as cocaine, methamphetamine (meth), prescription opioids, and heroin, are closely associated with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Injection drug use can be a direct… Read More