How can HIV be prevented?

You can protect yourself from HIV through the following means:

  • The use of condoms and water based lubrication (lube) when you have sex
  • Taking PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) pills consistently and for at least seven days
  • Engaging in less risky sex (eg, oral sex, mutual masturbation)
  • Having sex with an HIV negative person
  • Having sex with an HIV positive partner who is on effective treatment and is confirmed to be ‘undetectable’ (the virus is suppressed)