Now that you know about risk factors, what do you do with that information? There are several things you can do to limit the risk of HIV transmission. If someone you know is also at risk of HIV or substance abuse, you may wish to speak with them about it or help them find treatment, support, or counseling.
The only way to completely avoid HIV is by not having sex. Something that is a little unrealistic, and we get that. So, how do you still enjoy sex, while remaining responsible? There are actually some medications that can drastically reduce your chances of contracting HIV.
Protecting Yourself & Others
Believe it or not, there are quite a few measures you can take to protect yourself and the people you love from HIV. But, this must begin with knowing your HIV status and why it’s important to GET TESTED. What is your status?
Opioid-based drugs can be debilitating to the human mind and body, and if you or someone you love has been affected, you know the pain they can cause. Have you ever heard of Naloxone? It is a medicine that can block opioid-based drugs from making their way to your brain.
What’s Your Story?
If you believe in our mission at Think Before You Sleep, we would love for you to get involved. Informing others can oftentimes be the most powerful method of prevention. The best way for you to do this is by simply sharing your story (and don’t worry, this can be 100% anonymous).
You Are Not Alone
Individuals with HIV or individuals struggling with substance abuse oftentimes feel as they are alone in their battle, and this is simply not the case. In fact, far from it — millions of people in the United States have experienced or are experiencing your same struggles. Support is a wonderful thing!