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HIV: How to Protect Yourself and Others

Sexual Health

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This video defines Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency virus) and explains the way HIV can weaken the body’s immune system to make a person vulnerable to other infections. It clarifies that HIV can only be spread through contact with bodily fluids, not casual contact. The video states that HIV is usually transmitted through sex, sharing needles, or from mother to child through breastmilk. It also goes over ways to protect yourself against HIV, including waiting to have anal, oral, or vaginal sex (or using condoms every time) and not injecting drugs. The video emphasizes getting tested regularly for HIV and other STDs, either at your doctor’s office, a family planning clinic, or using an at-home test. The video states that while there is no cure for HIV, there are drugs that help people with HIV live healthy lives, and a drug called PrEP that can help prevent HIV.