# HIV HEROES

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the campaign

Hard

Facts

about

How do I behave

around someone

who’s HIV positive?

J ust like around anybody else.

When do I

risk catching

the virus?

• Unprotected sex

• Swallowing sperm or blood

• Contact with fresh open wounds

• Dirty needles (drug use)

Always use a condom •

Don’t swallow sperm or blood •

What’s the right

way to protect

myself?

Regular intake of meds •

Regular medical checkups •

Lifelong therapy •

Life changes in terms of eating habits, •

relationship habits, family and friends

Condoms, condoms, condoms •

What will I be

dealing with as someone

living with HIV?

What do I do if I’ve

been exposed

to a potential risk?

• Consult a doctor within 1 or 2 hours

• PEP (HIV post-exposure prophylaxis) within 48 hours

• If sperm has entered your rectum, squat down and

try to push it out

Common

misconceptions

about HIV

• Faeces, urine, sweat and saliva are contagious

• Sperm should be removed with an anal douche

• Even if HIV-positive people are receiving the

right kind of treatment, transmission risk from

sex with them is very high.

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