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10 Harmful Myths About HIV/AIDS

 10/11 

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.

Condomless sex between two HIV-positive partners does carry a risk for HIV superinfection, as well as other sexually transmitted diseases. However, while there have yet to be any studies examining treatment as prevention (TasP) of superinfection, studies between mixed-status couples have found zero HIV transmissions when the HIV-positive partner is on treatment and has an undetectable viral load. Watch our primer video to learn more about treatment as prevention.




Warren Tong is the senior science editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenAtTheBody.


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Comment by: jonathan (New York, NY) Fri., May. 29, 2015 at 10:20 am UTC
"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.
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Comment by: T. Butker (mn) Thu., May. 28, 2015 at 11:30 pm UTC
Having sex with a virgin definitely does not cure AIDS that's a third world country myth.
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Comment by: T. Butker (mn) Thu., May. 28, 2015 at 11:26 pm UTC
Having sex with a virgin definitely does not cure AIDS that's a third world country myth.
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Comment by: Lenny juncewski (Minneapolis mn ) Thu., May. 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm UTC
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
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Comment by: Al B. (NY) Tue., Oct. 25, 2011 at 5:54 am UTC
Having sex with a virgin cures HIV
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Comment by: Barbara (Tampa, FL) Mon., Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:52 am UTC
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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