If I have HIV, can I still have sex?

Yes, you can. Even when you are HIV positive, you can have sex without worrying about passing HIV to your partner. There are a few ways you can do this.

Condoms

One way to prevent passing on HIV is to use condoms every time you have sex. If you use a condom correctly, it will keep your partner safe from HIV.

PrEP

Your partner can also protect themselves by using PrEP . PrEP is a daily pill that is also highly effective at preventing HIV. You have to take PrEP consistently and in the way you were told to but your healthcare provider can help you with that. Keep in mind that PrEP does not provide protection from other STIs or unplanned pregnancy .

U=U

If you take your HIV medication every day, you can also protect your sexual partners from HIV. If you take your medication properly, the HIV in your body will be under control. The virus will reach a point where it can’t even be detected anymore! And you can not pass it on to others. We call this viral suppression. 

The method of taking medication so that you can no longer pass HIV on to others is called Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U).

Educate yourself

Before you and a partner have sex, you should talk about these options. If you educate yourselves you can make a good decision about keeping each other safe. 

Find out more about PrEP here.

Learn how to use condoms correctly in these videos.

Taking your treatment everyday when you are living with HIV is very important. Find out more in this article.

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