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: jonathan
(New York, NY)
Fri., May. 29, 2015 at 10:20 am EDT
"HIV does not discriminate"
If that was true, the CDC would show equal per-capita infection rates among populations. In fact, the statistical differentials between populist are huge.
Comment by: Lenny juncewski
(Minneapolis mn )
Thu., May. 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm EDT
Is a longer life span what we're really looking for in somebody who has AIDS or HIV. The quicker we eradicate the disease the better off humanity will be in the long run. Unfortunate to catch aids, yes but let's not proliferate the disease. by extending the life span of a carrier of the terrible virus
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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