HIV Prevention: Essential Strategies to Protect Yourself Today!

By  Befitbu  Health Desk           May 15, 2024

Consistent Condom Use

Always use latex or polyurethane condoms during vaginal, anal, and oral sex to significantly reduce HIV risk.


Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

PrEP is a daily pill for HIV-negative individuals at high risk, reducing HIV transmission risk by up to 99% when taken consistently.


Regular HIV Testing

Regular testing for you and your partners is crucial for early detection and prevention of HIV transmission.


Limit Sexual Partners

Reducing the number of sexual partners decreases exposure risk. Communicate openly about HIV status and sexual health.


Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

PEP is an emergency medication taken within 72 hours after potential HIV exposure to prevent infection.


Avoid Needle Sharing

Never share needles or injection equipment. Use sterile needles to prevent HIV and other bloodborne infections.


Substance Abuse Treatment

Participate in substance abuse treatment programs to reduce risky behaviors like needle sharing and unprotected sex.


Male Circumcision

Medical male circumcision can reduce the risk of HIV acquisition in heterosexual men by about 60%, especially in high-prevalence areas.


Safer Sex Practices

Use dental dams during oral sex and choose less risky sexual behaviors to reduce HIV transmission risk.


HIV Education & Awareness

Educate yourself and others about HIV prevention, testing, and treatment to reduce stigma and promote safer behaviors.


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