If you have questions about HIV or any other topic about your sexual health visit HealthLinkBC, or talk to a registered nurse at the BC Centre for Disease Control who can provide you with the information or the referrals you need.
Anyone can become infected with HIV and that includes young people just like you. Anyone who does not take precautions before having sex or sharing drug equipment is putting themselves at risk of getting HIV.
Did you know that sex includes receiving or performing oral sex, which consists of one partner putting their mouth onto the other partner's penis or vagina?
Did you know that sex includes receiving or performing vaginal sex, which consists of one partner inserting their penis or sex toy into the other partner’s vagina?
Did you know that sex includes receiving or performing anal sex, which consists of one partner inserting their penis or sex toy into the other partner’s bum?
Some young people have been using anal sex as a form of birth control but this may actually put you at higher risk of contracting HIV. And sex toys used between partners can spread HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Whatever you do, just remember: Don’t be a fool, wrap your tool!
A lack of accurate information and the lack of safer sex practices — such as using condoms — can put you at a particularly high risk of catching HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Other factors that can put you or your friends at risk include substance abuse, low self-esteem, peer pressure, isolation, and having sex with multiple partners.
Birth control can help prevent you from having an unplanned pregnancy but it does not protect you from HIV or STIs. Preventing infection by not having any unprotected sex or high risk blood-to-blood activity is the only way to avoid contracting HIV. It is important to educate yourself or talk to someone you trust to make sure you know the facts. See the links below for information on how to keep yourself safe — and healthy.
B ur own BFF — Be HIV aware!
To find out about where to get HIV testing and follow-up support services in northern BC.
AIDS Youth Canada
Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network
Canadian Aids Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE)
Options for Sexual Health
Sexuality and U
YouthCO — Youth Community Outreach AIDS Society
Email a HealthLink BC Dietitian