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If you think you've been drugged or raped:
Violence against women plays a big role in causing HIV infection among women. In date rape or sexual assault, forced sex can cause cuts that allow easy entry of HIV. This is especially true for young girls, whose reproductive tracts are less fully developed.
If you are currently in an abusive relationship, you are more likely to get HIV. That's partly because abusive men are more likely to have sexual partners other than their wife. Women in violent relationships often lack any control. Either partner may have other sexual relationships going on at the same time.
Fear of violence keeps some women from insisting on condom use. Fear of violence also keeps some women from seeking treatment for HIV or other STIs. Women may delay being tested for HIV or not get the results because they are afraid that sharing their HIV-positive status may result in physical violence.
Women with HIV may be at risk of violence when they tell a partner about their HIV status. If you have HIV, take these steps to lower the risk that your partner will react violently when you tell your status:
Content last updated: July 01, 2011.
Resources last updated: July 01, 2011.