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 senior science 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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