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Abstaining from sex until marriage is often the exception and a partner who abstained can contract HIV from one who did not.

Abstinence from sex until marriage and faithfulness after marriage is frequently promoted as a means of preventing HIV transmission, and if both partners are both abstinent and faithful, it will be effective. Honest communication is critical. In many cultures, discussing sex is taboo, which contributes to HIV transmission. Changing cultures requires cultural sensitivity. Educating people about HIV itself and letting them develop culturally specific responses may be most effective.

Phil Johnson, M.D., an AIDS clinician

Phil Johnson, M.D. discusses HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention and the cultural and social issues raised by HIV

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It's important to use condoms (rubbers, prophylactics) to help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These diseases include the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, and syphilis. You can get them through having sex -- vaginal, anal, or oral.

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