How can I prevent HIV

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You can prevent the spread of HIV in these ways:

If possible, have sex with only one partner who has sex only with you.

Practice safer sex — sex that prevents semen, blood and vaginal fluids from getting into your vagina, anus, or mouth. Use condoms correctly whenever you have sex.

Get tested for HIV and treated for STIs, and make sure your partners do too.

Avoid piercing or cutting the skin with needles or other tools that have not been disinfected between uses.

Avoid blood transfusions except in emergencies.

Do not share razors.

Do not touch someone else’s blood or wound without protection.

  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
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