If you’re HIV positive, prevention is always something to think about. You should take steps to reduce your risk of transmitting
HIV to your partner. If your partner is also HIV positive, you should still minimize your HIV transmission risk because
you and your partner may have different strains of HIV. Passing it on could result in greater health risks or medication
Undetectable = Untransmittable
Get on your meds and stay on them. Why? Because taking your meds every day reduces the amount of virus in your body. When HIV is eventually undetectable in your system, you’ll feel healthy and you can’t pass the virus on to others.
With assistance programs that provide free or low-cost care, there’s no excuse not to be in care.
Helping people stay HIV negative
Preventing HIV is critical. Good news – there are more ways to do so than ever. Did you know there are effective ways to prevent HIV before, during and after sex?
PrEP is a pill taken daily to prevent HIV.
Condoms are effective prevention used during sex.
PEP also prevents HIV – it’s a pill taken after possible exposure.
And there are other ways to effectively prevent HIV: Limit your number of sexual partners. Have less risky sex. Know your partner’s HIV status. Never share needles.
Is Your Partner HIV Negative? Consider PrEP.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a pill taken daily by people who are HIV negative to help prevent HIV infection.
When used correctly and consistently, condoms are effective at preventing HIV transmission, as well as other STDs. Free condoms are available here.
Consider Less Risky Sex.
Oral sex is much less risky than anal or vaginal sex. Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual activity for HIV transmission. HIV can be sexually transmitted via blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), rectal fluid and vaginal fluid.
Get Tested and Treated for STDs.
If you’re sexually active, you should get tested for STDs at least once a year. Same goes for your partners. STDs can have long-term health consequences. They can also increase your risk of transmitting HIV to others.
Did You or Your Partner Have a Possible Exposure to HIV?
Get on Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) immediately. PEP is a medication that must be taken as soon as possible after the potential HIV exposure. PEP effectively reduces the chance of becoming HIV positive if treatment begins within 72 hours of exposure.