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Learn how to prevent HIV

Today, we have the tools to end the HIV epidemic and to stop anyone from becoming HIV positive.

You can help prevent transmission of HIV by:

  • Getting an HIV test.
  • Using condoms the right way, every time you have sex.
  • Taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) if you are HIV negative. PrEP is the use of a medication to prevent HIV infection.
  • Making an appointment with an experienced HIV doctor and taking your prescribed HIV medications if you are living with HIV. This will keep you healthy and make it almost impossible for you to pass on HIV to others if the amount of virus in your blood is undetectable (Treatment as Prevention).
  • Taking post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) medication if you have recently been exposed to HIV. PEP is a medicine that can be taken for 28 days to prevent HIV infection after you have been exposed. PEP must be taken within 72 hours, or 3 days, from the time of exposure.
  • Limiting your number of sexual partners.
  • Not having sex.
  • Never sharing needles.