I Know My Status - I'm HIV Negative

Finding out you’re HIV negative can be a massive relief. You should be proud for making an important decision by getting tested but this doesn’t mean you are immune and won’t get HIV, or that all your partners have been free of HIV so it is vital you continue protecting yourself.

There are several things you can do to prevent an HIV infection and continue protecting your health, now that you know you are negative:

  • Consider using PrEP (preexposure prophylaxis), which is a pill taken every day to prevent HIV infection. For more information, visit our PrEP page or talk to your medical provider about obtaining a prescription for PrEP.

  • Use condoms and lube and get tested regularly – ideally every six months if you are sexually active.

    • If you have had any possible exposures to HIV in the previous few months, you should get tested again in 1 to 3 months to be sure that you do not have HIV, and continue to protect yourself (for example, with condoms or PrEP) in the meantime.

  • Assess your risks. If you’re partaking in risky behaviors, like having anal or vaginal sex without using a condom or taking medicines to prevent or treat HIV, and sharing needles or syringes you could be at high risk of getting infected. Check out our Knowledge Base for more information on local data of high-risk populations.

  • Get involved in your community. Visit our Community Events page for the most up to date information on local events, campaigns, and all things HIV related happening in your area.

There are several things you can do to prevent an HIV infection and continue protecting your health, now that you know you are negative: