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Visiting a Different Country, Increased HIV Risk?


What is the percentage of people from Canada who go to Africa (specifically Kenya) that come back to Canada infected with HIV?



Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the the percentage of people that acquire HIV from visiting a country with a higher HIV prevalence among the population.

It is important to note that this statistic is not measurable, as various factors contribute to the possibility of acquiring HIV. First, and most importantly, visiting a country with a higher prevalence of HIV does not largely impact your chance of acquiring HIV. Rather, the activities that you engage in, such as unprotected sex, have the largest impact on your likelihood of acquiring the virus (1). To reduce your risk of acquiring HIV, regardless of geographical area, it is very important to engage in safe sex by using a condom.


AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie