HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

AIDS is a late-stage disease that involves severe damage to the immune system.

There is no cure for HIV or AIDS. However, scientists are working hard to find one and remain hopeful.

Without treatment, HIV can make a person very sick and even cause death. Learning the basics about HIV can keep you healthy and prevent spreading.


Know Your HIV Status

  • Get tested regularly (at least once a year)
  • Get tested with your partner
  • Use a latex male or female condom correctly every time you have sex
  • Limit your number of partners
  • Share clean needles and syringes
  • Consider treatment as prevention: the earlier HIV is detected, the sooner you can receive treatment and begin taking steps to remain healthy

How is HIV Transmitted?

It is transmitted by:

  • Sexual contact
  • Injection
  • Mother-to-baby (Perinatal HIV)

It is NOT transmitted by:

  • Air
  • Water
  • Saliva
  • Sweat
  • Tears
  • Closed-mouth kissing
  • Insects
  • Pets
  • Sharing toilets
  • Food
  • Drink

What is PrEP?

PrEP (stands for Pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a once-a-day pill that reduces the risk of becoming infected with HIV.

It can help high risk individuals stay HIV negative, even if their partner is positive.

When taken as directed, PrEP greatly reduces the risk of HIV.

Codman Square Health Center offers same-day PrEP prescriptions. Setup an appointment today to get PrEP the same day you are seen for an assessment.

PrEP Navigator
637 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
Phone: (617) 822-8350