No HIV Hang-ups
Living with and or loving someone with HIV is better when hang-ups don’t hold you back. Because everyone has the right to open conversations. To care without judgement. To get tested with pride. And to have the support and resources they need to keep up with HIV treatment. It’s possible when everyone gets to know how living with HIV has changed. Because it’s not what people expect. It’s easier than ever to know your status, protect your health, and never pass on HIV. Together, we can stop passing on HIV hang-ups, too.
Had it with hang-ups? Take action:
- Study up See how effective and convenient HIV test, prevention and treatment is now
- Stay connected Hook up with the HIV care or assistance and peer support programs near you
- Be open Talk to the people who matter most to you about all the ways HIV impacts your life
Talk It Out
Talking about HIV can change your world. Actually, it can change our world. So get on the same prevention page with your partners. Connect with confidential, stigma-free care that lets you open up about your sexual history or habits. Educate others when you can and let your loved ones know what HIV means to you. When you do, you help change the conversation.
Feeling comfortable and safe? Then consider talking to:
- Health care providers Complete info helps them help you.
- Sexual partners Before you do it, please discuss it.
- Loved ones We all need acceptance and support.
- Injection partners Sharing needles? Level with them.
- Neighbors Help open minds and create new allies.
- Community leaders Make sure they know HIV matters to you.
CDC Talk Tips
Talking openly about HIV helps make it a normal part of life, and gives you the chance to help others let go of their misconceptions and outdated hang ups.
Sharing Your Status
Worried about talking about your HIV status? You're not alone. It's common to be concerned about what loves ones and partners might think.
Testing hang ups? It happens. Luckily, there’s a convenient HIV testing option for just about everyone. Private. Free. Fast. Supportive. You can even test yourself at home. Pick the experience that’s right for you. Checking your status is a normal part of taking care of your sexual health, even during COVID-19. Help is available, so take the next step and test.
Who should get tested?
That’s easy: everyone! The CDC suggests we all get tested at least once in life. But for people with a high risk of HIV exposure, regular testing is a good idea. These communities include:
- Men who have sex with men.
- Trans women who are sexually active.
- Pregnant women, in their first and third trimesters and at delivery.
- Anyone who has anal or vaginal sex with someone who is HIV-positive.
- Those who share works or equipment when injecting steroids, hormones, silicone or drugs.
- Individuals who have been diagnosed with syphilis in the last 12 months.
- People who have sex for living or exchange sex for drugs.
- Anyone with a sexual partner who has engaged in the behaviors on this list.
Choosing love and respect over hang ups? It’s a good look. You’ve just got to find the right HIV prevention methods for you. Make an easy, sexy plan that includes condoms. If you’re HIV-positive, stay in treatment to lower the chance of transmission. Worried about your HIV risk? Learn about PrEP meds today. And always, always, 100% ALWAYS talk prevention with your partners.PrEP
Learn About PrEP
What it is
PrEP is short for “pre-exposure prophylaxis”. It’s a once-a-day medication that can stop an HIV infection from getting a grip on your immune system. Tkaen regularly, PrEP is extremely effective at preventing HIV.
Who it’s for
Any HIV-negative person who wants to better protect themselves from HIV transmission should consider taking PrEP. Paired with regular HIV testing, this daily medication is recommended for just about everyone at risk of HIV exposure.
How to get it
It’s available by prescription. There are a number of local health care providers who can prescribe PrEP for you. Worried about the cost? You may qualify for free meds or financial assistance.
Learn About PEP
What it is
PEP is short for “post-exposure prophylaxis”. It’s an emergency medication you can take immediately after youy thinbk you’ve been exposed to HIV to prevent transmission. PEP is extremely effective when started within 72 hours.
Who it’s for
It’s for anyone who thinks they’ve just been exposed to HIV. How you may have been exposed (like during sex, by sharing needles, or at your workplace) doesn’t matter.
How to get it
PEP may be available through your health care provider, community clinics, or local emergency rooms. Your costs could be covered by insurance or a medication assistance program. There are also support services for victims of sexual assault.
Maybe it’s not always easy, but finding and staying in HIV treatment has got its perks. Like feeling good (The latest treatments are really effective and have fewer side effects). Like feeling free (You could end up taking just one or two pills a day). Like feeling confident (Heard of U=U? The right treatment plan can make the HIV in your body undetectable, which makes HIV untransmittable. Which is just…wow!).
You can do this. Here’s how:
- Don’t go it alone Loop in friends and fam, anyone who’ll encourage and support you.
- Know your options There’s a treatment out there that fits your health goals and life.
- Build a trusted care team It takes time, but you deserve skilled care and zero judgment.
- Give your body a boost Eat well and manage stress for good mental and physical health.
- Ask for help Join peer support groups and assistance programs that offer concrete support.
Find a health care center near you that offers treatment options and experienced HIV care.
Get stability and support with financial aid or transitional and permanent housing programs.
Need help paying for and coordinating your care? Work with a case manager who’ll understand.