Safe Sex and Beating the Odds

Taking precautions against HIV doesn’t mean you should be ashamed of your sexuality or not enjoy sex - you can love your body and stay safe.

Up For Fun? Do it Safely!

  • When using a condom correctly, people are at least 10 times less likely to get HIV.
  • For people who are not HIV positive but are sexually active, taking PrEP every day reduces their risk by a LOT - 74% from injecting drugs and 99% from sex.
  • People who are living with HIV and taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) have an undetectable viral load and are unable to transmit HIV to their partner; Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U).

To Beat the Odds Know the Facts

HIV Lifetime Risk for Gay and Bisexual Men:

  • 1 in 4 Latino men may encounter HIV in their lifetime
  • 1 in 2 African American/Black men may encounter HIV in their lifetime
  • Roughly one-fifth of Black and Latinx gay and bisexual men are on PrEP, which is significantly less than the one-third of white gay and bisexual men on PrEP
  • 1 in 7 Black gay and bisexual men are unaware they have HIV
  • 1 in 6 Latino gay and bisexual men are unaware they have HIV

Transgender Women and HIV:

  • Nearly 1 in 2 Black transgender women are are living with HIV
  • 1 in 4 Latinx transgender women are living with HIV

Black People and HIV:

  • 42% of new HIV diagnoses are among Black individuals

Youth and HIV

  • 19% of LGBTQ high school youth have been tested for HIV
  • 39% of LGBTQ high school youth used a condom during their last sexual intercourse, compared to 60% of non-LGBTQ youth
  • Among people 13-24 living with HIV, 44% don’t know their status
  • Only 24% of college students have ever been tested
  • 84% of youth 15-24 believes there is stigma around HIV

Youth and Sex Education

  • Only 41% of U.S. secondary schools are required to provide students with instruction on HIV prevention
  • 54% of HBCUs have no formal HIV prevention policies
  • Just 34 states and the District of Columbia mandate HIV education
  • Only 13 states require that HIV education be medically accurate

HIV Transmission

  • 80% of new diagnoses in men were from sex with other men
  • 7% of new diagnoses resulted from injection drug use
  • HIV can only be transmitted through bodily fluids like semen and blood

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