In honor and memory of those who we’ve lost and all those living with HIV, we promise to never give up the fight against stigma, discrimination, hatred, bigotry and lack of care.
We live in an incredible time in the HIV world, and together we can Get to Zero – Zero new infections.
FREE HIV Testing on Tuesday December 5 from noon to 6pm. Appointments are required.
What else can you do to fight HIV? Find out about safer sex. Learn about PrEP. If you are living with HIV, ensure you take your medication correctly as prescribed and become and stay undetectable.
U=U: Undetectable Viral Load = “Untransmittable to Others”
In September 2017, CDC got behind the U=U campaign, signing a letter that undetectable viral load confers protection from infecting others.
A November, 2017 study in the medical journal The Lancet discusses this further, describing how this is based on solid, scientific data.
Safer Sex is Still Important
While strides are helping make Getting to Zero closer to reality, STDs have massively increased. Learn about how syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are spread and get tested with all new partners and every 3 months if you are sexually active. Note that many cases of syphilis and gonorrhea we are seeing are likely being spread through oral sex.
Check out these CDC recommendations on Oral sex and STD prevention:
“You can lower your chances of giving or getting STDs during oral sex by using a condom, dental dam or other barrier method each and every time you have oral sex.
- For oral sex on the penis:
- Cover the penis with a non-lubricated latex condom.
- Use plastic (polyurethane) condoms if you or your partner is allergic to latex.
- For oral sex on the vagina or anus:
- Use a dental dam.
- Cut open a condom to make a square, and put it between the mouth and the partner’s vagina or anus.
The only way to avoid STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
If you are sexually active, you can do the following things to lower your chances of getting an STD:
- Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who is not infected with an STD (e.g., a partner who has been tested and has negative STD test results).
- Using latex condoms the right way every time you have sex.
It’s important to remember that many infected individuals may be unaware of their infection because STDs often have no symptoms and are unrecognized.”