Protect yourself and your partners from getting HIV

Prevention is a key pillar in the state of Oregon’s work to end new HIV infections. There are many tools available and proactive steps you can take to protect yourself and your sex partners from HIV and other STI. That includes getting tested and into treatment before potentially passing an infection to a sex partner.

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Some steps you can take to
protect yourself and your sex partners

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Know your HIV status, and the status of your partners.


Use condoms, lube, and dental dams during sex.

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Learn about PrEP, a medication that HIV-negative people can take to help prevent them from getting HIV.


If you inject drugs, Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) across Oregon can help you get clean needles and support services.

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Get free condoms

Using condoms, lube, and dental dams during sex can help prevent HIV and other STI, like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Many local public health authorities across Oregon have free condoms available.

Find your local health authority

If you have trouble getting condoms, you can order free condoms and lube mailed to your door once a month.

Free condoms & lube
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See if PrEP is right for you

PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a medicine that prevents someone from getting HIV. PrEP can be taken as a daily pill or an injection you get every other month. Because PrEP is widely recognized as a safe and effective way to prevent HIV, the Oregon Health Plan and other insurance companies cover it!

PEP is medicine that someone can take after being exposed to HIV. PEP must be started quickly after a possible exposure – within 72 hours.

Find PrEP Find a PEP navigator
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Use Syringe Services Programs

Syringe Services Programs (SSPs), also known as Syringe Exchange, help people who inject drugs to live safer, healthier lives. Oregon has free syringe exchange services throughout the state for safe disposal of syringes and access to clean needles and support services. Sharing needles puts people at high risk of getting and spreading HIV and hepatitis C.

SSPs offer many free services:

  • Clean needles and syringes
  • Safe places to dispose of dirty needles
  • Wound care
  • Condoms, lube, and other prevention supplies
  • HIV and hepatitis C testing
  • Help to quit using when you’re ready
Find an SSP