You could still have HIV. Ask your doctor about the “window period,” the time between when a person may have been exposed to HIV and when a test can accurately detect it
To stay negative, take actions to prevent HIV: Visit www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prevention.html to learn more.
- Choose less risky sexual behaviors
- Use a new condom for every act of vaginal, anal, and oral sex throughout the entire sex act (from start to finish)
- Reduce the number of people with whom you have sex
- Limit or eliminate drug and alcohol use before and during sex
- Have an honest and open talk with your healthcare provider and ask whether you should be tested for STIs and HIV.
- Talk with your healthcare provider and find out if either pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, is a good option for you to prevent HIV infection
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