|Sex with HIV
Oct 10, 2007
I just found out that I am poz, so I started talking to people on line. I would say about 8 out of 10 are telling me that I can have unprotected sex with anyone else that is Poz. I know that this is NOT true, but I am so baffeled and confused as to why these men think this. Who would do that? How do I respond, and in a nice way? I have no intention of doing that. Why are these men doing this to themselves?
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
I'm not counted among those who say that positives can have safe, but unprotected sex with other positives.
First off, there is a small, but real risk of transmission of a second HIV strain (introducing the possibility of drug resistance), second is the risk of acquiring other sexually-transmitted infections, including some life-long infections, like papiloma virus, herpes or hepatitis viruses. Some of these are associated with increased risks not just of infection, but of cancers to boot.
I can't tell you why one would knowingly want to expose themselves or others to this risk, other than a notion of ignorance or carelessness.
Hope this helps. BY
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