Prevention: better be safe than sorry!
While having sex, you and your partner will only be safe if you avoid contact with every bodily fluid (blood, semen, pre-cum and vaginal secretions). Because of this, it’s absolutely necessary to use a physical barrier such as a condom in every sexual encounter because the skin of the mouth, vagina, penis and anus is so delicate that it might have some tiny cuts or sores that can act as an open door for HIV or other STD infections.
Of course it always pays to play safe, but there are situations that are extra risky:
Who gets HIV?
Everyone can get infected by HIV, because the virus doesn’t discriminate. The infection hasn’t stopped growing in 25 years and it affects more and more young people (almost half of the people infected last year were between 15 and 24 years old). Unprotected sex and sharing drug needles and syringes make you more vulnerable to get infected. As HIV/AIDS isn’t written on your face, it’s almost impossible to know who has the disease, so protection is always needed.