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HIV/AIDS

Prevention

Posted by Jhona Mark


Theres no vaccine to prevent HIV infection and no cure for AIDS. But its possible to protect yourself and others from infction. That means educating yourself about HIV and avoiding any behavior that allows HIV-infected fluids-blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk into your body.

To help prevent the spread of HIV, you should:



USE A NEW CONDOM EVERY TIME YOU HAVE SEX

USE A CLEAN NEEDLE


If you dont know the HIV status of your partner, use a new condom every time you have anal or vaginal sex. Women can use female condom. Use only water-based lubricants. Oil-based lubricants can weaken condoms and cause them to break. During oral sex use condom, dental dam &madsh ; a piece of medical-grade latex

If you use a needle to inject drugs, make sure its sterileand dont share it. Take advantage of needle-exchange programs in your community and consider seeking help for your drugs.






TELL YOUR SEXUAL PARTNERS IF YOU HAVE HIV

IF YOUR PREGNANT, GET MEDICAL CARE RIGHT AWAY

Its important to tell anyone with whom youve had sex that youre HIV-positive. Your partners need to be tested and receive medical care if they have the virus. They also need to know their HIV status so that they dont infect others.

If you're HIV-positive, you may pass the infection to your baby. But you receive treatment during pregnancy, you can cut your baby is risk by as much as two-thirds.