Protect Yourself

HIV doesn’t discriminate based on who you are. HIV is transmitted through having sex & sharing needles. Anyone who is having unprotected sex or sharing needles is at risk for HIV infection. Knowing you & your partner’s HIV status, using condoms & abstaining from needle sharing reduces your risk. The bottom line is if your HIV negative, protect yourself. If your HIV positive, protect yourself. Below you’ll find some everyday things that you can do to reduce your risk of HIV infection.

Safer Sex & What That Means

Safer Sex makes people think of a lot of things but it simply means sexual activity where people have taken steps to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.

One of simplest safer sex product is the condom. Knowing where to get condoms and how to use them correctly drastically reduces your risk of HIV infection. It’s simple! Use a latex or polyurethane condom that fits and a water or silicone based lubricant. Carefully remove the condom and throw it in the trash when you’re done! Talking with your partner and planning ahead increases your chances of success!!

Drug Use & Concerns

There are many reasons people use drugs or alcohol before having sex. Getting loose, having fun, relaxing are some things young men might hear when being pressured to use. Some drugs can impair your judgment and place you at a higher risk for HIV transmission. When judgment is impaired people might do things sexually that they might not normally do like having sex without a condom.

Alcohol when misused has been linked to high-risk sexual behavior and can be extremely dangerous when mixing it with other drugs, as one drug might amplify the effects of another. It’s a good idea to limit or avoid using drugs and alcohol before or during sex to increase your chances of making safer sex decisions that you are comfortable with.