Just 1 night of not using a condom changed Marvelyn’s life forever.
HIV Prevention Strategies
The only 100 % effective way to prevent the spread of HIV through sex is to abstain — to not have sex of any kind. If you do have sex, practice safer sex methods. These are the steps you can take to help prevent HIV infection from sex:
Get An HIV Test: Be sure you know your and your partner’s HIV status before ever having sex.
Use A Condom Every Time: It’s very important that you use condoms consistently and correctly each and every time you have sex. Using a male, latex condom for all types of sex can greatly lower your risk of getting HIV during sex. If you or your partner is allergic to latex, use polyurethane condoms. If your partner won’t use a male condom, you can use a female condom; however, it is known that use of a male condom has a high rate of preventing HIV infection effectively.
*Special Note #1: Do not use a male and female condom at the same time. They do not work together and can break. “Natural” or “lambskin” condoms don’t protect against HIV so don’t use these.
*Special Note #2: Do not use flavored condoms for vaginal or anal sex. Flavored condoms are for oral use only, as they are known to cause yeast infections.
Where To Get Free Condoms on Campus
You can get condoms for free at any of the condemn dispensers on Morgan State University’s campus, the Student Health Center, or at the Get S.M.A.R.T. Project office in the School of Community Health & Policy building.