HIV Basics

Our team of young leaders published this booklet in 2012. It is a fun pamphlet that covers the basics of HIV transmission, testing, and treatment, and features YouthCO's iconic robots! Print copies can be ordered for free from CATIE here

Since we published this booklet, we've learned more about HIV prevention options for those of us who are living with HIV or who are HIV-negative, including the use of HIV medications for treatment and PrEP (also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis). 

You’re welcome to share and download this resource as much as you'd like! Please get in touch with us if you have more questions about anything in the booklet at peered@youthco.org. 


YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!