Get Informed Topics HIV Transmission and Prevention How do I protect myself from HIV?

How do I protect myself from HIV?

There are a number of ways you can protect yourself from HIV, including:

  • Selecting low-risk sexual acts like masturbation, whenever you are unsure of the health of your partner
  • Always using protective barriers like condoms or dams during penetrative and oral sex
  • Restricting your sexual activity within a mutually monogamous relationship and trying to limit the number of partners
  • Getting tested at least every time you start a new relationship and asking your partner to do the same 
  • Using prep (Link to prep)
  • If you think you have been exposed, you may take PEP within 72 hours (Link to PEP)
  • Not sharing sharp piercing objects such as needles and syringes 

If you follow these rules consistently, you will be able to enjoy sex while at the same time reducing the chances of infection to almost zero

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