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Protect Yourself

People Of Color


Latino MalePeople of color are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS in America.

The statistics

Hispanics are 2.8 times more likely to diagnosed with AIDS than Whites. HIV/AIDS is the sixth leading cause of death among Hispanics/Latinos aged 25-34. HIV/AIDS is the third leading cause of death for African Americans.


Know the risks

There are different risks associated with oral, anal, and vaginal sex, oral sex being the lowest risk, vaginal sex being the second highest risk, and anal sex being the riskiest of the three. Remember, if you're having sex at all you are still at risk.

You can protect yourself

Use protection whenever you engage in any kind of sexual activity. Make sure you:

    • Always use Latex condoms with water-based lube like KY Lubricant, ID Glide, and others.
      Remember: ONLY USE WATER-BASED LUBE –
      anything else will break the condom.

 

    • Use a condom, even when performing oral sex! You'll be safer and cleaner.

 

    • Carry and store condoms in a cool, dry place. That means your car is not a good location, especially during the summer months when anything left in a car will melt!

 

  • Get tested. Even if you go see your doctor, you have to specifically ask to be tested for HIV and STDs. They don't test you automatically.

Got questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Ralph Gonzalez at (760) 992-0464 or .