Who is at a higher risk for acquiring HIV infection?

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Young adults tend to be at higher risk of acquiring HIV, typically through high-risk activities such as unprotected sexual intercourse or intravenous drug use. In 2009 in the US, the largest percentage (15% of all diagnoses) and the highest rate (36.9 per 100,000 population) were in persons aged 20–24 years. [72]

Children may become infected by transplacental transmission or by breastfeeding. Rare cases of children infected after sexual abuse by HIV-infected adults have also been reported.


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