If you are living with HIV positive partner, you may completely say goodbye to one of the most charming, beautiful, and visceral activity: sex. This is a very common reaction since we’re taught from day one that HIV is spread through having sex.
But, chances are strong that you may want to have it again after all this beautiful act makes your love life more appealing by bringing you and your loved one closer.
This physiological need is the core element of our relationships. Good sexual intercourse is considered to be a powerful mean of showing your affection to your partner.
HIV and Sex
People living with HIV positive partner worry that they can never have a normal relationship or a healthy sex life.
Is an HIV diagnosis the end of the world? Is your love life over? Does it mean you can’t have sex with your partner?
Well, this isn’t entirely true!
Yes, having sex when either of you has HIV is risky – yes, I used the word risky, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t have it at all!
So what do you do? How can you reduce the chances of HIV from an infected person?
Guidelines For Safe Sex If You Are Living With HIV Positive Partner
Here are a few guidelines for serodiscordant couples (where one person is HIV positive and other is not), like you, to prevent the chances of getting STD like HIV:
1.Keep reminding your partner to take their ART
The key to a healthy life when a person has HIV is to be persistent in your ART. If you want to keep doing it and actually enjoying it, ask your HIV positive partner to take their HIV medication as prescribed.
Taking ART regularly maintains the viral load of an HIV positive person which reduces the chances of getting STD.
2.Protect yourself with Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PreP)
PreP is the preventive measure taken by HIV negative partners who are at substantial risk of getting HIV from an infected partner. Such individuals have to take “The Pill” on a daily basis which works in combination with other medicines to treat HIV.
Research shows if the drugs are taken correctly it reduces the chances of getting HIV if you are living with an HIV positive partner.
3.Rub microbicide on your genitals
A microbicide is a gel or cream like material containing an antiretroviral drug which when applied to vaginal or rectal area reduces chances of getting STD if you are living with an HIV positive partner. HIV spreads predominantly through sexual transmission. When applied to genitals, these creams kill the retrovirus.
Note: these creams are not 100% effective.
4.Prevention with Condoms
In addition to medication, creams, and PreP, condoms are another source of protection. We don’t want to use them all the time. But remember that HIV is no joke and once you have it there is no way out. Condoms reduce the chances of getting an STD like HIV if you use them the correct way every time you have sex.
5.Mutual Masturbation is Safe But…
If you want to have mutual masturbation, feel free to do it without latex barriers. HIV requires direct contact to your bloodstream for its entry. There is no way that HIV can enter your body if you have seen on your hands.
Just make sure that there are no open sore or injuries on your hands to stop the virus entering the body.
If you use any kind of sex toys, always wash them with soap and water after each use. Although you can’t get HIV with sex toys there is a chance of getting other STDs like chlamydia or syphilis.
So, it’s better to clean them by boiling or tossing in the dishwasher.
So there you have it. Living with an HIV positive partner doesn’t mean that you have to stop yourself or your partner from being intimate.
Sex adds zing to your life. Enjoy it!
Imagining a world without sex seems like Mexican food without spice. But keep your safety in mind, always!
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