Other HIV Prevention Methods

Other HIV Prevention Methods
How can I prevent getting HIV after a recent possible exposure, like if a condom breaks or I’m sexually assaulted?

Learn about your HIV risk and how to lower it.

There is medicine you can take to prevent getting HIV after a recent exposure. Talk to your health care provider, an emergency room doctor, or an urgent care provider right away about PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis).

  • PEP must be started within 72 hours after a possible exposure.
  • The sooner you start PEP, the better. Every hour counts.
  • If you’re prescribed PEP, you’ll need to take it daily for 28 days.

Can male circumcision prevent HIV?

Talk to your health care provider about the risks and benefits of male circumcision.

  • Male circumcision does decrease the risk of getting HIV in some situations, but it doesn’t decrease the risk of HIV as much as other HIV prevention options.
  • Circumcised men are less likely than uncircumcised men to get HIV from vaginal sex with a partner with HIV.
  • Male circumcision does not decrease a woman’s risk of getting HIV.
  • The benefits of circumcision for gay and bisexual men are unknown.
  • Circumcised men should take other actions to prevent getting HIV or to protect their partners.

Can I get vaccinated to prevent HIV?

  • No vaccine is currently available to prevent HIV.