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How To Prevent HIV

How To Prevent HIVCurrently, there is no vaccine to protect yourself from HIV infection and there is also no known cure for AIDS. However, there are actions that you can take which make it possible to prevent HIV infection for yourself and others. This means putting forth the effort to educate yourself about the HIV virus and avoiding any activities that permit fluids infected with HIV such as blood, vaginal secretions, semen and breast milk from entering your body.

How to prevent the spread of HIV

To prevent HIV and other STD infections you should always use a condom when engaging in sexual activities. This is critical if you are not aware of the HIV status of your partner. Women can also use a female condom. You should only use water-based lubricants. This is because oil-based lubricants can actually weaken the condoms, causing them to break. Condoms should also be used during oral sex.

It is extremely important that you inform all of your sexual partners if you have been infected with HIV. You should also tell previous sexual partners that you are HIV-positive. This is critical so that previous partners can be tested, receive treatment and prevent the spreading of HIV.

If you inject prescribed drugs using a needle, always make sure that the needle is sterile and never share the needle with other individuals. If you are a illegal drug user who uses needles, reach out to your community services and rehabilitation centers to become drug free. It’s far to easy to forget about the dangers of sharing needles while under the influence of heavy narcotics.

Women who are pregnant should seek medical attention right away. If you are positive for HIV, there is a high chance that you might pass the HIV infection to your baby. By receiving treatment throughout your pregnancy, you can lower the risk of your baby becoming infected with the virus by as much as two-thirds.

For information about HIV testing, ARCpoint Labs of Worcester provides private and confidential testing with quick, accurate results. Call us today at 774-314-9551.

  1. December 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    HIV is still one of the leading causes of death, and isn’t anything worth taking a chance on. It’s a horrible virus which will devastate many lives. Knowing how to protect yourself from it, can save your life.

  2. December 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    With something as detrimental as HIV or AIDS, either of which without a cure or vaccine, one should never think it won’t happen to them. Inform yourself of the true facts and take necessary precautions.

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