Condoms, oral dams, and lube are good protection against HIV and other STIs.
You can protect yourself from HIV by taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is a medication that can be taken to help prevent you getting HIV. Check out the Burnett Foundation for more info about how to get PrEP.
Some groups of people are at a higher risk of getting HIV — for example:
- Men having sex with men
- Trans fems
- People having sex with trans fems
- People who live with a partner who has HIV
Lots of STIs don’t have obvious symptoms — so it’s important to get tested for STIs before and after unprotected sex, or anytime you have sex with a new person.
If you’re having sex with several people — or the person you have sex with is having sex with several people — talk to us about how often you should be screened for HIV and other STIs.
If you inject drugs, it’s best not to share needles. Check out the Needle Exchange for low-cost injecting supplies.
If you are hapū, get an antenatal blood test to check you don’t have HIV.