Use condoms – Condoms (male and female) are the only method of contraception which can also help protect against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Remember HIV, and other STIs, can also be transmitted through oral sex.
If you’ve taken a risk, get help straight away –If you’re worried that you have taken a risk that means you may have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours, you might be able to take a short course of drugs called post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), which can help prevent HIV infection.
Get tested – HIV testing is free on the NHS to anyone and is available at genitourinary medicine (GUM) or sexual health clinics, GP practices, some contraception clinics and young people’s services, and rapid testing services (listed at www.tht.org.uk). It is also possible to take a test at home.
Further information and support
Terrence Higgins Trust - https://www.tht.org.uk/