HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), is a virus that’s transmitted through contact with blood or sexual fluids like vaginal fluids or semen. This usually happens during vaginal or anal sex, but there are other ways that it can be transmitted too. The only way to be totally certain that you’re avoiding HIV is to not have vaginal or anal sex, but lots of people really enjoy sex! There are other effective ways to protect yourself from HIV, including using condoms, not sharing needles, and talking to your doctor about PrEP.
Harmony Healthcare Orlando is on a mission to give everyone access to HIV prevention in Orlando, and part of prevention is knowing the facts.
PrEP offers protection to people who do not have HIV and may be exposed to HIV through sex or other activities. If you’re taking PrEP and exposed to HIV, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing an infection.
Condoms are a great way to lower your HIV risk too. They can be used during higher-risk sexual activities like anal or vaginal sex, and can also be used when sharing toys or for oral sex. You can stop by one of our locations to pick up some free condoms or call us to learn about additional local resources for free condoms.
If you’re trying to choose between using condoms or PrEP, the real answer is to use both. PrEP protects against HIV, while condoms can protect against HIV and other STIs (sexually transmitted infections) such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.
If you’re living with HIV, you should know that you can have normal and healthy relationships – and that includes having sex if you want to. There are lots of ways to avoid giving HIV to others, including the following:
If you’ve tested positive for HIV, it’s important that you have a medical team that supports you in all aspects of your life, and can help you get the right treatment in a warm, welcoming environment.
At Harmony Healthcare Orlando, we focus on helping people to access HIV prevention in Orlando, with absolutely no judgment.
We are committed to providing our patients with the resources that they need to take charge of their health, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. All of our services are centered around your needs. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment!