Staying current with methods of prevention

Blink, and you’ll miss it! Options to prevent HIV and STIs are ever evolving. Condoms work for many people, but for those of us who don't use condoms all the time, there are other ways to have safer sex too! Current HIV prevention methods include, but aren’t limited to, getting tested regularly, being on PrEP, staying on medication, and being aware of our partners’ status. Some of us might do these things instead of using condoms, and some of us might do these things in combination with condoms. So whatever our HIV status or viral load, staying current with methods of prevention can be one way to #resiststigma.

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!