However, there are many ways to reduce risk of transmission, even for an uninfected person in a sexually active relationship with someone who is HIV-positive.
Many studies have been conducted on serodiscordant couples, meaning that one partner is HIV-positive and the other is HIV-negative.
Growing evidence suggests that as HIV medicines become more efficacious, HIV-positive individuals taking antiretroviral medications are significantly less likely to transmit the virus to a sexual partner than someone not taking medication.
Risk is reduced even further when the following qualifications are met: Risk of transmission varies with viral load, which is entirely unique to each individual.
Consistent and correct condom usage is key to lowering transmission risk in mixed status couples, regardless of viral load.
Condoms are highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV, but sometimes fail. To reduce condom failure, try the following: HIV can complicate relationships in many ways.
Not only is HIV highly stigmatized, but it can also be difficult to manage.
Dear Alice, I recently began dating a guy who is HIV positive.
I know how it is transmitted and the risks involved, but I was wondering if there are any statistics out about being infected in my similar situation.How high are my chances of contracting it if we are careful?Dear Reader, There is no way for a sexually active person to be 100 percent certain that s/he is protected from HIV infection or any other sexually transmitted infection (STI).However, under the close supervision of a good physician, you and your partner can be safely sexually active.If you need more help or want to talk about risks and options further, reach out to your health care provider or your partner's HIV specialist.While many dating sites and apps, like the massive Gay.com, offer a chance to join an HIV-positive (or supportive) community, a handful of boutique websites cater exclusively to people who are HIV-positive and those who want to date them, with options for straight, gay, and bisexual singles.