Anyone can use condoms, whether you have HIV or not. And they are very effective! They are the only type of contraceptive to prevent STIs, HIV and pregnancy, so they are worth trying.
Some HIV treatment can make hormonal contraception less effective. But it really depends on the type of HIV treatment you are on – speak to a healthcare professional about these types of contraceptives:
They will talk you through your options and which ones will work with your specific HIV treatment.
Other types of contraception:
The IUD (intrauterine device – also known as the ‘copper coil’ or ‘the coil’): this is not affected by HIV treatment.
Pulling out: this is unreliable. If you have a detectable viral load you could pass HIV on, and you and your partner are also at risk of STIs.
Emergency contraception: some types of HIV treatment can make emergency contraception less effective, so if you want to take this speak to your healthcare provider.