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How can older adults protect themselves from HIV?

Older adults can protect themselves from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by choosing less risky sexual behaviors. Oral sex is much less risky than anal or vaginal sex. Use condoms consistently and correctly. Reduce the number of people you have sex with. Talk to your doctor right away (within three days) about post-exposure prophylaxis if you have a possible exposure to HIV.

It is incredibly rare for HIV to be transmitted in a household setting. In a very few cases, HIV has been transmitted when there was unprotected contact between infected blood and broken skin or mucous membranes.

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