In recent years, about three out of every four new HIV infections in Rhode Island are men who have sex with men.
New HIV infections among men who have sex with men in Rhode Island are equally distributed among guys in their 20's, 30's, and 40's.
Guys who have sex with men should get tested at least yearly. If you have unprotected sex with multiple partners or with men that have HIV, getting tested every three months is recommended.
AIDS Project Rhode Island offers HIV testing for both individuals and for couples who are in relationships.
Safer sex means talking to your partner about HIV status, avoiding drugs/alcohol with sex, and using a condom every time.
All sexually-active guys should get tested for sexually-transmitted diseases at least annually by their doctor (and more often if multiple partners).
About one in five people in the United States with HIV don't know their status.
HIV transmission is highest right after infection (when most people don't know they are infected yet) and people can easily pass HIV onto their partners without knowing it.