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WHAT IS HIV?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV weakens your immune system, and makes it much harder for your body to fight off infections. When HIV progresses, it can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). AIDS is a set of symptoms and specific illnesses—like infections and cancers. Fortunately, wonderful treatments exist to keep your immune system strong. By starting on treatment early and staying on it, HIV is now a manageable, chronic condition.

HIV TESTING INFO:

It’s recommended that men who have sex with men test for HIV every 3-6 months.
There’s a period of time after a person is infected during which they won’t test positive. In other words, there’s a period of time when a person is HIV-positive but won’t know it yet. This is called the HIV “window period.” The window period can last between 10 days and three months, depending on the person’s body and on the HIV test that’s used. During that time, a person can test HIV-negative even though they’re HIV-positive. Someone in the “window period” of HIV infection can still transmit HIV to another person. In fact, people with very early HIV infection, who may still be in the window period of HIV infection, are actually much more infectious than later on in their infection. That’s one reason frequent testing is so important.

A preliminary positive result means that it’s possible you have HIV but additional testing is needed.

RESOURCES / PrEP

PrEP

PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a pill to help keep you HIV-negative. PrEP is highly effective when taken as prescribed. PrEP is very safe and generally well tolerated. Most insurance plans (public and private) cover PrEP.

RESOURCES / STD INFO

STDs

The most important thing to know about STDs: Get tested every three months. Get a blood test and pee in a cup. And if you’re giving blow jobs, or bottoming, ask your doctor to swab your mouth and butt as well! To find a free or low-cost test near you, go to gettested.cdc.gov .

RESOURCES / U = U

U = U

U=U stands for undetectable means untransmittable. That means that people living with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load—the amount of HIV in the blood—by taking and adhering to antiretroviral therapy (ART) as prescribed cannot sexually transmit the virus to others.

RESOURCES / CONDOMS

CONDOMS

Condoms can be great for many guys. There are many different condom options out there, and they are very effective and cheap. They can be a great choice if you don’t know your partner well. They’re also great for making sure one of you doesn’t give the other a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or HIV. Condoms are easy to use, come in all kinds of colors and flavors, and it’s pretty easy to find them for free. Here are some questions that a lot of guys have about them, the answers.

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