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Will pulling out protect me?

Let me put it like this, putting your risk of getting HIV in the hands of whether in the moment he is going to pull out before there is any preliminary fluid, or before he actually completes, is not an adequate HIV prevention approach.

Dr. Flash reviews why pulling out is not an effective method of HIV prevention.

To protect against HIV, there are more options than ever to keep you and your partners healthy. These include using condoms, PrEP, and treatment as prevention.

  • Condoms: When used consistently and correctly, condoms are highly effective in protecting against HIV, as well as many other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • PrEP: A pill for people who do not have HIV who want added protection. When taken as prescribed, PrEP has been shown to be highly effective in protecting against HIV. Click here to find a PrEP provider near you.
  • Treatment as Prevention: In addition to improving health, antiretrovirals (ARVs), the medications used to treat HIV, also prevent the spread of the virus.

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#AskTheHIVDoc is a video series from Greater Than HIV featuring top HIV doctors providing answers to commonly-asked questions about HIV prevention, testing and treatment.

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