If you are at a higher risk of contracting the virus, combining consistent condom use with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) decreases your chances even more. Keep in mind, PrEP must be taken before you are exposed in order for it to work.

Federal guidelines for health care providers recommend PrEP be considered for people who are HIV-negative and at risk for HIV infection. PrEP is sold under the brand name Truvada. If you need financial assistance paying for the medication, there are options. AIDS Outreach can help you navigate the waters and find a solution.

Condoms are highly effective at preventing HIV, and are the best way to prevent other sexually transmitted infections as well. Watch for the Condom Lady in the evenings around town; she hands out free condoms and lube!

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