Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Avoiding HIV/STD Infections

  • Abstinence (not having sex)
  • Having sex in a monogamous (faithful) relationship is safe if:
    • Both of you are uninfected (HIV-negative)
    • You both have sex only with your partner
    • Neither one of you gets exposed to HIV through drug use or other activities
  • Oral sex (mouth to genitalia) has a lower risk of infection than anal or vaginal sex, especially if there are no open sores or blood in the mouth.
  • Use a condom every time you have sex. Male condoms go on the penis, and female condoms go in the vagina. See below for more information on condoms.
  • Birth control pills or the patch do not offer any protection from HIV or STDs.
  • If you're high on drugs, you might forget to use protection during sex. If you use someone else's needles you can get infected by tiny amounts of blood. The best way to avoid infection is to not use drugs.
  • If you use drugs, you can prevent infection by not injecting them. If you do inject, don't share equipment. If you must share, clean equipment with bleach and water before every use.
  • Oral sex has some risk of transmitting HIV, especially if sexual fluids get in the mouth and if there are bleeding gums or sores in the mouth. Pieces of latex or plastic wrap over the vagina, or condoms over the penis, can be used as barriers during oral sex. Condoms without lubricants or flavored condoms are best for oral sex. Most lubricants taste awful.

Setting Limits

Decide how much risk you are willing to take. Know how much protection you want to use during different kinds of sexual activities. Before you have sex,

  • Think about safer sex
  • Set your limits
  • Get a supply of lubricant and condoms or other barriers, and be sure they are easy to find when you need them
  • Talk to your partners so they know your limits

Condoms

click here for information on condoms.

Where to Get Free Condoms

Chatham Social Health Council Office
401B N. Ivey Ave, Siler City (919) 742-3762

Chatham County Public Health Department
80 East St. Pittsboro, NC (919) 542-8214
1000 S. Tenth Ave. Siler City (919) 742-7496

The Council thanks the many businesses who allow us to stock educational and safety materials in their establishments

Mobile Sound Station
117 N. Second Ave Siler City

Services for Alcohol & Substance Abuse (SASA)
514 E. Third Street Suite A Siler City

Phil's Barber Shop
702 E. 11th St Siler City

Cuts N' Curls
704 E. 11th St. Siler City

Cosmotique Beauty Salon
913 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Siler City

Klassy Kutz
23 Rectory St. Pittsboro

Jackie's Beauty Shop
111 Alston Bridge Rd. Siler City

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