Prevention is the best medicine.
HIV and other STDs are easily spread from one partner to another. You can’t be safe from the spread of STDs unless you’re responsible about your sex life.
HIV and other STDs can be passed in the following ways:
- Sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus
- Sharing needles/syringes and/or your “works” with someone who is infected
There are a few simple things you can do to make sure you’re being safe and responsible when it comes to your sex life:
- Don’t have sex. This is the only sure way to avoid getting HIV or other STDs through sex.
- Don’t share needles/syringes or “works” to shoot drugs or for anything else.
- Use a latex condom every time you have sex unless you are sure your partner is not infected. Even though condoms are not 100 percent effective, when used correctly, they can help prevent HIV and other STDs.
- Stay with one partner who has sex only with you. Use condoms unless you are sure your partner is not infected with HIV or other STDs.
If you find that you have tested positive for any STD, it’s important that you receive appropriate medication.
If you have tested positive for HIV, seek help immediately. There are services available across the state to help you find and receive medical treatment and other support services.
It can be frightening at first, but if you take the steps to protect yourself and your partners, STDs and HIV can be managed and you can live a full, fulfilling life.