Using condoms correctly and consistently prevents HIV from spreading. HIV can be spread through a single sex act so condoms must be used every single time throughout the entire duration of sex to provide maximum protection.
Testing is crucial in preventing HIV because it allows individuals to stay informed on their HIV status and make responsible decisions about their sexual behavior. When people test positive for HIV, they can be linked to HIV treatment and care, protecting their health and preventing the spread of the virus. Getting tested for other STIs is another important step in preventing HIV– having an STI can increase your chance of getting HIV if you are exposed to the virus.