Practice Prevention. Protect Yourself (and others).
Abstinence and avoiding IV drug use can significantly decrease your risk of contracting HIV. If you do engage in sexual activity, be sure to consistently and correctly use these barrier methods:
- Dental dams for oral sex and anal rimming
- Internal condoms for vaginal and anal sex
- External latex or plastic condoms for oral, vaginal and anal sex
HIV can be transmitted through:
- Unprotected sexual activity (vaginal/anal fluids, semen and pre-ejaculate)
- Blood/blood products (open sores, transfusions* and transplants*)
*Most countries have medical processes to avoid these types of transmission.
- Injection/surgical equipment (needles/syringes for drug use, piercings or tattoos)
- Pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding
HIV is NOT transmitted through:
- Closed-mouth kissing
- Shared food/cutlery
- Toilet seats
- Insect bites
No Dental Dam?
Cut a condom up the side, open it, and place it over the vulva for safer oral sex or over the anus for rimming.
Increase lubrication to reduce friction and the breaking of skin.