Archived AETC Youth Resources


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Resources for Youth

For info about PrEP and PEP, visit

For info on how to keep your health information private from parents or guardians, visit

For sexual health services in Oakland, download the Healthy Oakland Teens app. It is available on iTunes, Google Play, and the App Store.



Q: What is HIV?

A: The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the agent that can lead to the development of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). There are currently very effective treatments available for HIV/AIDS, but there is no cure yet. For more information, visit or watch this video.


Q: How is HIV transmitted?

A: HIV can be transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk. It cannot be transmitted through sharing food/drinks, through air/water, saliva, sweat, tears, or casual physical contact (shaking hands).


Q: What is HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)?

A: HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medicine you can take once a day to protect yourself from HIV BEFORE being exposed. The brand-name of the medication is Truvada. Condoms are another effective form of protection which can be used with or without PrEP. You can ask any health provider about these methods. For more info, visit


Q: What is HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)?

A: Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a medicine that you can take for 4 weeks AFTER you have been exposed to HIV. PEP is most effective when it is used within 72 hours of a suspected exposure. For more info, visit


Q: Can I keep my health information private?

A: Yes, you can! In California, there is a law that makes it illegal for a health care provider to share your sexual health information unless you or someone you know is in danger. For more info on how to keep your health information private, visit You can also ask your doctor for more details.


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