Practicing Safer Sex
You might not be thinking about intimacy at this point in time if you're dealing with the news of your HIV status. But the time may come when you're ready to have a physical relationship again. When that time comes, it's important to be smart about what you're doing. And being smart means practicing safer sex.
How can you prevent spreading HIV?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a concern for everyone, so use a condom. It not only helps protects your partner, it helps protect you, too. But remember, no protective method is 100% effective. Condom use cannot guarantee absolute protection from an STI.
Other ways to help prevent spreading HIV:
- Insist that your sexual partners get tested for HIV if they haven't been.
- Drugs and alcohol can lower your inhibition. That may impair your judgment, which can lead to unprotected sex and increase the risk of spreading HIV.
Your sexual partners must be made aware of your status. Give some thought about how you will handle this conversation. Use all the resources available to you to make this conversation easier: talk to your HCP or counselor, and ask for advice at your local AIDS Service Organization (ASO).