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Condoms are a great way to reduce transmission during sexual contact. Whether you use an internal condom or external condom, both are very effective in preventing HIV and many other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs). If you have used the condom correctly and it did not break or slip off during intercourse, the risk of HIV transmission is significantly reduced.
Additionally, it’s important to have open communication with your partner(s) about sexual health and to consider pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an HIV prevention tool, especially if one partner is HIV positive or if there is a higher risk of exposure.
It is recommended that everyone who is sexually active or uses injection drugs get tested for HIV and other STBBIs too. Testing for HIV on a routine basis is an important step in maintaining your sexual health and overall well-being. It helps in early detection, timely treatment, and preventing further transmission. Knowing your HIV or STBBI status gives you the information to keep you and your partner(s) healthy. Connect with your health care provider or a testing location near you.