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.