You are almost certainly not only in thinking you might not be at great risk, so the awareness campaign for women and girls is probably even more important than we thought!
Here’s the deal: females are absolutely at risk for HIV. According to the CDC, nearly 25% of those diagnosed with HIV in the U.S are female. Among those who get HIV through heterosexual (“straight”) contact, two-thirds are girls and women.
When women think about sexual health, HIV testing and prevention should certainly be part of it. CDC recommends HIV testing for everyone ages 13-64. HIV testing is especially important for pregnant women (the earlier in the pregnancy, the better): pregnant women who have HIV and are treated early and appropriately have a small risk of transmitting the virus to their babies.
For more on HIV testing (and to find a clinic near you) go to http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/stdsstis/get-tested/.
–The STI Resource Center Staff