Prevention methods

Male and Female Condoms


Male condoms are over 98% effective for HIV/STI and pregnancy prevention when used correctly and consistently 

 Female or insertive condoms are worn inside the vagina or anus. Female condoms are thicker and more tear resistant  



Abstinence is the choice not to have sex. This method is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy and HIV/STI's as long as all sexual contact is avoided, including vaginal, oral, and anal sex 



Using lubricant can help avoid friction which can lead to tears in the vagina and anus. Water based is best for vaginal sex, silicone based is best for anal sex. Avoid oil based lubricants as they break down latex

Dental Dams


Dental dams are used for oral sex and can keep vaginal and anal fluids away from the mouth 



PrEP or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is a daily medication to lower the chance of getting HIV. It can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout the body. PrEP can only be prescribed by a healthcare provider

Note: PrEP only prevents the transmission of HIV and does NOT prevent other STIs.

Assistance Program: 

PrEP Providers: 

New Needles


Using new, unused needles while using IV (intravenous) drugs can help protect against blood to blood contact. Not sharing needles with others can dramatically reduce the risk of transmitting HIV 

Needle Exchange available at:

 East Side Health District

 5540 Bunkum Road
Washington Park, IL 62204 


Undetectable = Untransmittable


HIV medication can make your viral load so low that a test can't detect it. This is called an undetectable viral load. Getting and keeping an undetectable viral load is the best thing you can do to stay healthy. If your viral load stays undetectable, you have no risk of transmitting HIV to an HIV negative sex partner

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How to use male and female/insertive condoms

Male Condoms


Using condoms the correct way every time you have sex can drastically reduce the chance of getting STIs/HIV

Female/Insertive Condoms


Female/Insertive condoms can be used for both vaginal sex and anal sex



There is sometimes a lot of confusion around gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation.  Check out the Glossary of  Gender and Transgender Terms here.