Who Should be Tested for HIV?Anyone who is sexually active and is not 100% sure that your relationship is monogamous. Those who are at highest risk for HIV infection are:
- Injection drug users
- Men who have sex with other men
- African American men and women
- Hispanic men and women
Important Facts About HIV
- HIV is found in blood, seminal fluid, vaginal fluid and breast milk.
- The most common ways of spreading HIV is through sharing needles for drugs or tattoos, sexual contact and needle sticks by health care professionals.
- You cannot be infected with HIV by sharing plates or eating utensils, using the same cup, kissing (very rarely) or, using the same toilet or bathtub.
- Gay and Bisexual men accounted for 67% of all HIV diagnoses (2014), nearly 60% of male infections are African American
- 1 in 6 men who have sex with other men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, including 1 in 2 black MSM, 1 in 4 Latino MSM and 1 in 11 white MSM
- African Americans are the most affected racial or ethnic group in the USAfrican Americans are the most affected racial or ethnic group in the US
- African Americans account for over 44% of all new HIV infections
- In their lifetime, 1 in 20 AA men, 1 in 48 AA women, 1 in 132 white men, and 1 in 880 white females will be diagnosed with HIV
- People living in the South (all people) are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV over the course of their lifetime than other Americans
- South Carolina ranks 13th in the US with 1 in 86 diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, Washington DC is number one (1 in 13)