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Preventing HIV

preventing HIVPreventing HIV and other STDs

Learn how you get HIV, how you don’t, and tips on how to avoid getting it

Do you know your status? GET TESTED!

What are the main ways you get HIV?

Having unprotected sex
Sharing needles

You can’t get HIV by

sharing a drink with an HIV-positive person, kissing, hugging, etc. There has to be an exchange of bodily fluids that have high amounts of HIV, like blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or breast milk.

How do I avoid getting HIV?

Tips you should know before having sex
Ask for your partner’s HIV status
Have a latex condom and lubricant
Remember: ONLY USE WATER-BASED LUBE - anything else will break the condom. Using lube is also easier for penetration!
Proceed and be safe!

Tips you should know before injecting drugs
Reach out for help! – Resources to help you kick the habit
Don’t share any works
Remember the 3x3 method: Three times bleach, three times water
Dispose of all used needles at any pharmacy in Riverside County – they have to take them!

Have more questions about sexual health?

 If your agency or organization would like HIV education, call our community health educator, Jose DeLaCruz at 760.323.2118 ext. 243

 Desert AIDS Project provides free testing for HIV and syphilis.  For more information on where to get tested for other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) enter your zipcode below: