How can I prevent the spread of HIV?
You can get HIV through activities where you come into contact with infected blood, semen, vaginal or anal fluids, or breast milk.
The most common ways for this to happen is through:
- Unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who is HIV positive; or
- Sharing needles, syringes, or other drug use supplies with someone who is HIV positive.
Practicing safer sex or safer drug use can help decrease your risk of getting HIV.
Practicing safer sex means:
- Use a latex or polyurethane condom whenever you are having vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Use a new condom every time (e.g., do not reuse condoms).
- Get tested with all new partners before you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Practicing safer drug use means:
- Not sharing needles, syringes, crack pipes, or other drug use supplies.
You can pick up safer sex supplies (such as male and female condoms and lube), as well as safer drug use supplies (such as clean needles, syringes and other drug use supplies) at a harm reduction site in your area.