Mississippi is one of the top 10 states in the nation in rates of new HIV cases. While HIV affects both young and old, the majority of new HIV cases in the state occur in those under 30.
Especially at risk are younger black males, whose rate of HIV is far above most other groups. Among these, the burden falls especially heavily on men who have sex with men. For men whose risk factor for HIV is known, more than 90 percent reported having male-to-male sexual contact.
What can you do about it?
Simple steps can help keep you safe from all types of STDs, including HIV.
- Practice safe sexual habits: limit your sexual partners, make sure they are tested, and never have unprotected sex.
- Get your partner and yourself tested. Testing is the only way to know for sure that you're safe.
- Spread the word. Tell your friends about the STD problem in Mississippi, and about free testing. Change begins with action.
A New Prevention Option
If you are at high risk for HIV, but have not yet been exposed, a new daily medication can provide excellent HIV protection if you are sexually active. Ask your doctor or health care provider about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). It's daily medication that's highly effective at preventing HIV.
Information and Support: Your PSH
Your PSH (Personal Sexual Health) is a free mobile app that connects you with knowledge and support for safe sexual health. It gives the signs and symptoms of disease to watch for, estimates your HIV risk, locates free testing, provides important hotlines, and tells you the best ways to protect your health.