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If You're in a Monogamous Relationship or Married, You Won't Get HIV

If You're in a Monogamous Relationship or Married, You Won't Get HIV

A person can live with HIV for many years without showing any symptoms; make sure you conclusively know your partner's HIV status before having unprotected sex.

Even then, be careful. In an ideal scenario, both partners in a relationship would remain faithful and neither would ever get HIV. But cheating happens.

This is not about another common myth: men on the down low, which really only accounts for a small fraction of HIV infections. This applies to all people, no matter what gender, sexuality, creed or ethnicity.

So don't confuse love for safety: Unless you both test negative outside of the 12-week window period after last possible exposure, and are with each other 24 hours a day, there's still a possibility you can get HIV from your partner.




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


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