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    HIV and AIDS in African-Americans

    Reducing the Risk of HIV in Blacks

    These are a few of the ways to reduce the risk of HIV in blacks:

    • Learn about safer sex. Use a latex condom and water -based lubricant each and every time you have sex.
    • Learn what you can about your sex partners’ past sex and drug use. Before you have sex, ask yourself -- is it worth the risk?
    • Contact a local HIV/AIDS organization for tips on communicating with sex partners about HIV and safe sex.
    • Get information about the HIV drug Truvada. It has been approved for use in those at high risk as a way to prevent HIV infection and can be used in conjunction with safe sex practices.
    • If you think you may have an STD, get treatment. This will help lower your risk for HIV.
    • Think about getting tested during each of your regular medical check-ups. Don't let fear of discovery stop you from getting tested. You may need to ask your doctor specifically for an HIV test.
    • Do whatever you can to avoid sex when you drink alcohol or take drugs.
    • If you inject drugs, always use clean needles and syringes; don’t share them with others. Be sure to get tested at least once a year. Remember that counseling or treatment can help you stop using drugs.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on August 17, 2014
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