Use condoms correctly every time you have sex – it’s the best way to prevent HIV, other STIs and unplanned pregnancy. Condoms prevent HIV during all kinds of sex – vaginal, anal, oral and when using sex toys.
Use water-based lubricants (lube) to make sex safer by reducing the risk of tears or damage to the vagina or anus caused by dryness or friction. It also reduces the risk of a condom breaking.
In some places pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is available. PrEP is a pill taken by HIV-negative people to prevent HIV. It contains antiretroviral drugs that stop the virus from taking hold in your body. Taking PrEP correctly will reduce your risk of getting HIV to almost zero.