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 TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenAtTheBody.
Comment by: Barbara
Mon., Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:52 am EDT
Oral sex can be problematic when both parties are HIV+ and have gingivitis or periodontal disease and exchange fresh blood from bleeding gums.
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