HIV is a sexually transmitted disease/infection (STD/STI).
Anyone can contract HIV from an HIV-positive person, regardless of sexual orientation (heterosexual, bisexual or homosexual), race, gender or age.
However, is the risk of HIV the same for everyone?
Some groups of people are more likely to contract HIV than others due to the HIV status of their sex partners and their own sexual behaviours.
In fact, in Singapore, gay and bisexual men account for the largest portion of new HIV diagnoses (59%), while heterosexual transmission account for the remaining new cases (36%).
In general, high-risk sexual behaviours include:
o If you don’t have HIV, being a receptive partner (or bottom) is the highest-risk sexual activity for getting/contracting HIV
o If you have HIV, being the insertive partner (or top) is the highest risk sexual activity for transmitting HIV
•Having anal or vaginal sex without using a condom
•Sharing needles or syringes
Choosing to always use a condom, taking medicines to prevent (e.g., PrEP, PEP) and/or treat HIV are all highly effective ways to reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting HIV. Getting tested for HIV (as well as other STDs ) on a regular basis is also highly recommended.
Our doctors are trained in STD/HIV testing, prevention and management. If you suspect you may have had a high-risk exposure, consult our doctors immediately. Female doctors are also available by appointment.
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