For people who do not have HIV there are several ways to protect yourself. Condoms will always provide a mainstay within these scenarios.

There are two other effective options to prevent HIV. Both are bio-pharmaceutical (medicine-based) ways to protect against contracting HIV.

Post Exposure Prophylaxis - PEP

If you think you have been exposed to HIV, PEP is a month-long course of anti-HIV drugs that can prevent HIV infection.

If you have been exposed to HIV, the sooner you start PEP the better. It must be started within 72 hours after your possible exposure to HIV.

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If you'd like to remain HIV negative, PrEP is a daily medication to protect yourself from HIV acquisition.

PrEP does not provide any protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis and hepatitis C. Using condoms still provides the best protection against these infections.

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