Back to Question & Answers

What's the best way to prevent HIV?

Great question, with lots of answers. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to preventing HIV, rather there are many tools that work for many people.

When choosing the right option for you, it’s helpful to consider:

  • what prevention tools you and your sexual partner(s) are already using,
  • what kind(s) of sex you are having,
  • how many partners you have,
  • if you are sharing any injection drugs or drug use supplies.

The factors listed above may affect which HIV prevention tools work best for you. Talking with your doctor or an STI testing professional can help you sort through the options.

Here in Canada we have a variety of tools, and Seven Ways to Prevent HIV is a great place to start if you want some basic information on each of them. CATIE.ca also has more detailed information on HIV prevention methods.