Use Condoms

Condoms protect against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like gonorrhea and chlamydia, and prevent pregnancy.

Use Lube

Use water-based or silicone-based lubricant to help prevent condoms from breaking. Do not use oil-based lubricants, like cooking oil or body lotion, they will break down condoms!

Get Tested for HIV

It’s the only way to know if you or a partner has HIV. Get tested and encourage new partners to get tested too.

Get Tested for Other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

STIs can make it easier to get or spread HIV.

Talk about Testing

Ask your sex partners about the last time they had an HIV test. To be sure, get tested together.

Support Your Partners Living With HIV

Encourage your partner to get HIV care and take his or her medications every day. This will help your partner stay healthy and dramatically reduce his or her chance of passing HIV to you.

Avoid Alcohol and Drugs When You Have Sex

Drinking or getting high when you have sex can make it hard to remember to use condoms. For help to stop using, call 800-LIFENET (800-543-3638).

Use Clean Works

If you inject drugs, and are not ready to stop, use a new, clean syringe every time. Clean syringes are available for free at Baltimore City's Clean Needle Exchange.

Consider Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

If you often worry about exposure to HIV, ask your healthcare provider about PrEP – a once daily pill for HIV-negative people to prevent them from getting HIV.

The PrEPme App

PrEPme by emocha is an app that connects patients in Maryland to PrEP resources including a location-based list of providers that prescribe PrEP. PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) is a daily pill that prevents HIV. Resources include general information about PrEP, frequently asked questions, and research on PrEP. PrEPme by emocha is developed in conjunction with the REACH Initiative.

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