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It's OK to Have Unprotected Sex if You and Your Partner Are Both Positive

It's OK to Have Unprotected Sex if You and Your Partner Are Both Positive

Many people are unaware of superinfection (reinfection), which is defined as infection by a second strain of HIV. Even if you contracted HIV from your current partner, HIV can evolve differently in each person's body; if it mutates, a different strain can emerge in your body than in your partner's. Superinfection with a drug-resistant strain of HIV can limit treatment options.

Having an undetectable viral load does greatly lower the risk of transmission between an HIV-positive person and his or her partner. But unprotected sex between two positive partners still carries a risk for HIV superinfection, not to mention other sexually transmitted diseases.

Warren Tong is the associate editor for and Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenAtTheBody.

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