Risk Factors

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Substances, elements or conditions of the environment or lifestyle that are thought to contribute to the progression of HIV infection, or the development of a health condition or a decline in general health and wellbeing; for example, infections caused by fungi, protozoa, bacteria, other viruses, or conditions affected by recreational drugs, excessive alcohol, smoking, unhealthy diet, high stress levels and lack of exercise. Risk factors are unique to particular health conditions or diseases, such that the risk factors of one condition may not necessarily be risk factors for another.