HIV and African American People: HIV Risk Behaviors
The risk of getting or transmitting HIV varies widely depending on the type of exposure or behavior. Most commonly, people get or transmit HIV through anal or vaginal sex, or sharing needles, syringes, or other drug injection equipment—for example, cookers.
* Injection behaviors among people without HIV in 23 US cities.
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