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Prevent HIV With Condoms

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While traditional HIV prevention methods remain essential and effective, the epidemic continues.1 We have entered an era of HIV prevention in which the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, clinical studies, and the latest federal and global health guidelines (including those from the CDC and WHO) recognize the importance of a comprehensive prevention approach.2-6 Be part of this prevention movement.

You can help protect your patients by utilizing a comprehensive approach. Be proactive. Combine routine HIV and STI testing with sexual history conversations and education on the importance of condoms. For HIV-positive patients, initiating and adhering to treatment helps prevent HIV transmission to negative partners. For HIV-negative patients at risk of HIV infection, consider additional prevention methods such as behavioral counseling, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis).3 Learn more about using a comprehensive prevention approach and help end the HIV epidemic.1

  • Prevent HIV: Discuss Sexual History

    Sexual History

  • Prevent HIV: HIV and STI Testing

    Testing

  • Prevent HIV: Regular Condom Use

    Condoms

  • HIV prevention medication

    Medication

References: 1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today's HIV/AIDS epidemic. http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/factsheets/todaysepidemic-508.pdf. Published February 2016. Accessed May 16, 2016. 2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV prevention in the United States: new opportunities, new expectations. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/policies/cdc-hiv-prevention-bluebook.pdf. Published December 2015. Accessed May 16, 2016. 3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preexposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV infection in the United States–2014: a clinical practice guideline. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/prepguidelines2014.pdf. Published 2014. Accessed May 4, 2016. 4. World Health Organization. Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection: recommendations for a public health approach--second edition. http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/arv/arv-2016/en/. Published June 2016. Accessed June 27, 2016. 5. White House Office of National AIDS Policy. National HIV/AIDS strategy for the United States: updated to 2020. https://www.aids.gov/federal-resources/national-hiv-aids-strategy/nhas-update.pdf. Published July 2015. Accessed May 4, 2016. 6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated guidelines for antiretroviral postexposure prophylaxis after sexual, injection drug use, or other nonoccupational exposure to HIV–United States, 2016. https://stacks.cdc.gov/view/cdc/38856. Published April 18, 2016. Accessed June 1, 2016.