Maintain your status by continuing to use condoms. When used correctly and consistently, condoms have been shown to be highly effective in preventing the spread of HIV, as well as many other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Having another STD increases the risk of getting HIV.
For added protection, talk with your health care provider about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a once-daily pill that can significantly reduce your risk of getting HIV. When taken as prescribed, PrEP has been found to reduce the risk of getting HIV by more than 90 percent.
Make HIV testing a routine part of your health care. Your health care provider can advise you on how often you should get tested. It may be once a year or more frequently, depending on risk.
Talk with your partner about getting tested together. If you (or your partner) has HIV, find out about options for keeping you both healthy, including the role of treatment in prevention and other options for reducing the chances of transmission.
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There are very effective treatments available today that help people with HIV live long and healthy lives. Antiretrovirals (ARVs) work to lower the amount of virus in the body. With ongoing ARV treatment, you can reduce the risk of passing the virus to others by as much as 96 percent. Find a local treatment center here.
Make starting treatment a priority. Different medications may work for different people so it’s important to have an ongoing and trusting relationship with a health care provider with expertise in HIV. Together you can determine the best course of treatment for you.
Continue to use condoms for added protection and to guard against other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that can compromise your health. Having an STD can also increase the risk of passing HIV to others.
If you (or your partner) has HIV and is interested in becoming pregnant, talk with your health care provider first about options for reducing the chance of passing the virus to your baby. With supervised care and treatment, the risk can be reduced to less than one percent.