11 Dec 5 Ways to Prevent HIV Infection
Did you know HIV is highly preventable? By taking a few simple steps, you can take charge of your health and prevent HIV infection.
Here are 5 ways you can prevent HIV infection:
Get tested. The first – and most important – step in preventing HIV infection is to know your status. Find out where you can get your free HIV test in the Coachella Valley here.
Use condoms. HIV is spread through bodily fluids like blood, semen, and vaginal fluids. When used properly, condoms are an effective way to prevent HIV infection.
Limit how many partners you have. Having fewer sexual partners reduces your risk of being exposed to the virus. Also, make sure your partners get tested regularly, too.
Ask your doctor about PrEP. PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a medication that people without HIV can take daily to prevent infection. When combined with other HIV prevention methods, such as regular testing and condom use, you’ll significantly reduce your risk of HIV infection.
Avoid injecting drugs. Sex isn’t the only way HIV is transmitted. Intravenous drug use also puts you at risk, since HIV can be spread through blood. Avoid injecting drugs and never share needles.
By preventing HIV infection, we can create a healthier community – but it all starts with knowing your status. Take charge of your health today by getting tested. Click here to find an HIV test site near you.