Don't get infected!  The only 100% guarantee of remaining free of HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) is to remain abstinent.  But if you have chosen to be in an intimate relationship, here are some ways to protect yourself:

  • Condoms aren't 100% effective, but they can greatly reduce the risk of spreading HIV & other STD's.
  • Make sure to use a latex condom properly!  If you cannot use a male latex condom, there are other options such as polyurethane condoms.
  • Remain in monogamous relationships, that is, with one partner.  Multiple partners greatly increase your chances of getting an STI.
  • Visit with your partner before you become intimate!  Although you may find this difficult or embarrassing, keep in mind that if you are both mature enough to begin having sex, then communication is critical.
  • Remember that STD's & HIV can be passed through oral/anal sex too!