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This site may contain HIV prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences. If you may be offended by such materials, please exit this portion of this Web site.

Basic facts about HIV

The best defense against HIV is prevention

  • HIV is spread through unsafe sex and sharing needles.
  • Use condoms consistently and never share needles or works.
  • HIV prevention programs can help you lower your risk.*
  • PreP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day.

Know your HIV status.

  • Get tested for HIV.
  • Test at least once in your lifetime (even if you are at low risk for exposure).
  • Test every 3 months if you practice high risk behaviors.*
  • Test is you have an STD (sexually transmitted disease).

HIV is now a treatable disease.

  • There is no cure for HIV.
  • Medications can help people live longer, healthier lives.
  • Taking medications properly is a lifelong commitment.

HIV awareness and information help promote understanding.

  • You can't tell by looking at someone that they have HIV.
  • Anyone practicing high risk behaviors can be infected.*
  • Judging people with HIV can promote the spread of the disease.*

*Those at highest risk for HIV are men who have sex with men, injection drug users, their partners and individuals whose partners are HIV positive.


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