Prevention of HIV

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Mother to Fetus or Newborn:
A pregnant woman infected with HIV can pass HIV before birth, during birth, or while breast-feeding. If pregnant or planning pregnancy, consider an HIV test. Highly effective treatments exist that can prevent HIV-infected women from transmitting the virus to their infants. For more information on HIV testing and pregnancy, please read HIV Testing and Pregnancy.

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Sharing Needles or Other "WORKS":
Needles shared for injecting drugs, medications, vitamins, steroids, tattoos, or piercings can transmit HIV. Do not share needles, syringes, cookers, cottons, and/or water when injecting drugs or other substances. If you have an accidental needle stick, please seek medical attention immediately. If you are using drugs or abusing alcohol, get help to stop.

Blood to Blood Contact:
Avoid unnecessary contact with someone else's blood. When providing first aid or medical treatment to anyone, use universal precautions when dealing with blood and other body fluids containing visible blood. (Read more about Universal Precautions for Prevention of Transmission of HIV and Other Bloodborne Infections when providing first aid or health care)

Prevention from HIV-Infection Due to Sexual Intercourse:

note: for the purposes of this site, Unity Wellness Center uses the definition of sexual intercourse as provided by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. This definition includes not only penis to vagina penetration but oral and anal penetration as well.The US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention does not consider oral sex to be safe sex.

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For more information on practicing abstinence, monogamy, safer sex options and HIV-testing, please call 334.887.5244 or 1.800.799.4967.