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Risk Behavior

Risk BehaviorBecause the most common ways HIV is transmitted is through anal or vaginal sex or sharing drug injection equipment with a person infected with HIV, it is important to take steps to reduce the risks associated with these.

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Racial/Ethnic Groups

Racial/Ethnic Groups Although the risk factors for HIV are the same for everyone, some racial/ethnic groups are far more affected than others. The possible reasons are explored in this section.

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Gender

Gender Some gender groups are far more affected by HIV infection than others. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, for example, account for the majority of new infections despite making up only 2% of the population. Find out more about prevention challenges for gender groups and what CDC is doing to address them.

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Age

Age Although most risk factors are the same for everyone, some groups merit special consideration because of their age. New infections are increasing among young men who have sex with men, especially young, black men men who have sex with men, for example, despite remaining steady overall.

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Other Groups

Other Risk GroupsSome groups merit special consideration because of their unique needs for HIV prevention. Find out more about prevention challenges for these groups and what CDC is doing to address them.

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