Until now, condom use during sex has been the only safe option available to protect you from HIV/STD/HepC infection; however, relying on condoms alone doesn’t always work. Getting caught in the moment, having a partner who can’t or won’t wear condoms or just not knowing your partner’s health risks are just a few reasons condoms alone present a challenge.
HIV, STDs and Hepatitis C Risks
- HIV/STDs: Have more than one sex partner, or sex with a partner that has had sex with more than one partner
- Hepatitis C: Individuals who injected drugs are at highest risk for infection even if they injected only once many years ago
Sexual Health – Know Your Status
What can people do to reduce their risk of getting HIV/STDS or Hepatitis C?
- Use condoms consistently and correctly
- Reduce the number of people with whom they have sex
- Limit or eliminate drug and alcohol use before and during sex
- Have an honest and open talk with their healthcare provider and ask whether they should be tested for HIV/STDs or HepC
- Talk with their healthcare provider and find out if pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a good option for them to prevent HIV infection.
PrEP CAN PROTECT YOU FROM GETTING INFECTED WITH HIV
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a preventive option. PrEP allows you control over your sexual health and well-being. It offers you another way for you to protect yourself from HIV. PrEP is for people who are HIV-negative, have a high risk of being exposed to HIV through sex or drug injection. Studies have shown that PrEP works for heterosexual women and men, sexually-active gay and bisexual men, and injection drug users, and is also likely to benefit transgender women. PrEP can help protect anyone whose partner has HIV, or anyone who doesn't know their partner's HIV status. PrEP reduces the risk of HIV with one pill a day.
Take charge of your sexual health. Get tested and learn how to protect yourself from HIV/STDs and Hepatitis C. We can help at the Hope Center.