Whether in a long-term relationship or not, there are some basic practices that are good advice for anyone who is sexually active, for protecting themselves against HIV and other STIs:

1. Use condoms consistently and correctly. For more on the benefits of condoms, how to use them and where to get them FREE, click here.

2. Choose less risky sexual behaviours. Anal and vaginal penetrative sex is the most risky. Find out about fun alternatives here.

3. Seek help immediately if there's a chance you've been exposed to HIV. See our page on PrEP or PEP: 72-hour emergency HIV treatment.

4. Get tested for HIV and other STIs regularly and encourage your sexual partner(s) to do thye same. The quicker infection is detected, the more effective treatment will be. See our pages on getting tested and getting referred.

HIV-negative people who are in long-term relationships with HIV-positive people should ask their doctor about taking PrEP treatment on an ongoing basis to avoid infection. Alongside condoms, this can be very effective in preventing infection. For more information on services near you, click here.