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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

3/10/2016, 10:56 a.m.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a time each year when organizations and communities across the country come ...
African American and Hispanic/Latina women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. The rate of HIV infection among African American women remains the highest among all women — 19 times that of white women and almost 4 times that of Hispanic/Latina women.

· Get tested and treated for other STDs such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, and insist that your partners do too. Being infected with other STDs makes you more likely to get HIV. 

· Choose not to have sex or choose to have sex with one partner and agree to be sexually active only with each other.  Both of you should get tested for HIV, and share your test results before you decide to have sex.

· Choose less risky sexual behaviors. Anal sex, especially if you are the receptive partner, is the highest-risk sexual activity for getting HIV. Vaginal sex is much less risky, and oral sex carries much less risk than anal or vaginal sex

· Use latex male condoms or female condoms correctly every time you have anal or vaginal sex. Condoms are the only effective form of birth control that also helps reduce the risk of transmitting HIV and most other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).  

· Talk to your doctor about HIV medicines to prevent HIV infection (known as PrEP) if you routinely have sex with someone who has or may have HIV.

· See a doctor immediately if you have sex with someone who has or may have HIV, if you are not already taking PrEP. Starting medicine (known as PEP) within three days after a possible exposure reduces the chance of getting HIV.

· Limit the number of people you have sex with. The fewer partners you have, the less likely you are to have sex with someone who is infected with HIV.

· Don’t share injection drug equipment, such as needles, syringes, works, or anything that might bring you into contact with someone else's blood or bodily fluids.