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From Tanzania HIV +ve and still having sex
Aug 27, 2001

I would like to know if having sex while knowing you are infected can shorten the time for the sympotms to start showing. ie to develop aids. Should an infected person just stop having sex?

Response from Mr. Kull

No, an infected person should not stop having sex! There is no evidence that sexual activity (in and of itself) will speed up progression to AIDS in HIV infected people. It is advisable for HIV infected persons to avoid acquiring sexually transmitted infections. It is not clear what effect additional exposure to HIV has on an already infected person (see my response to "Just the facts: reinfection" http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Current/Q59372.qna). So it is advisable that HIV infected persons use condoms for sexual activity that poses a risk for sexually transmitted infections.

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