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We both tested negative, but still i'm unsure.
May 1, 2011

I'm a 24 year old homosexual man who has been in a monogamous relationship for 2 years now. Me and my partner have used condoms consistently throughout the relationship. Recently, we both decided get tested for HIV and we both tested negative. He told me he wanted to have unprotected sex from now on, but i'm a bit unsure about this. Not that I don't trust him; he is a hardworking, educated guy, who has never cheat on me or anything. He tells me that he believes a monogamous, HIV negative couple SHOULD bareback because this represents trust within the relationship. He tells me that, besides the HIV issue, anal sex is completely safe and there is nothing at all to be worried about. I just thought that i would have been using condoms all my life, and made a lifestyle out of that. I don't know what to do. Please help.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

It's absolutely true that two confirmed HIV-negative partners who remain monogamous could not transmit HIV to each other. However, the archives of this forum are loaded with examples of folks who firmly believed their partner would remain absolutely monogamous forever, but unfortunately that turned out not to be true (the out-of-town business trip, the lover's quarrel, the hot pizza delivery guy, whatever). Despite the vows of monogamy, I would still advise the latex condom offers an extra layer of protection and reassurance (so to speak!).

Dr. Bob



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