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June 7, 2007 – No. 10
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HIV Prevention 101

There is no cure or vaccine for HIV, but it is preventable.

  • Don’t engage in unprotected sex (sex without use of a latex condom) unless you are absolutely sure of the HIV status of your partner.

  • Use a latex condom each time you have sex if you don’t know the HIV status of your partner or if your partner is HIV-positive.

  • If you are an intravenous drug user, use a new needle each time you inject. Do not share needles, syringes, cookers, cotton or water. Contact the Needle Exchange Program at (800) 383-2437 to exchange used syringes for new ones.

  • Do not become complacent. Although medications have reduced deaths from opportunistic diseases, HIV/AIDS remains a very serious infection.