- Find out the facts about HIV and talk to your friends, family and colleagues about HIV – make sure they know the reality, not the myths.
- Know your HIV status: get tested if you have put yourself at risk.
- Talk to all new sexual partners about using condoms. Using a condom during sex (especially vaginal or anal sex) is the best way to protect yourself and your partner from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- If someone tells you the are HIV positive, treat them with respect and don’t tell others without their agreement.
- Wear a red ribbon as a symbol of your support for everyone affected by HIV, and to raise awareness.
What Does Respect And Protect Mean?
“Respecting yourself and those around you by protecting yourself, both by using condoms and by educating yourself about the dangers of HIV.”
“For me confidentiality is top of the list when I think of Respect & Protect. And it is important we respect each other and protect one another.”
“Respect people whether they are HIV positive or not. And protect yourself from catching an avoidable disease.”
If the man respects me they will be happy to protect themselves and me.
If one has respect for their body, they will respect others and protect themselves and other people from HIV.
It brings us knowledge about the realities of HIV – protecting ourselves and other people are paramount.
To me it means respecting other people who I might have sexual contact with, as well as protecting myself and others from transmitting HIV.
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