HIV can be spread during any unprotected sex. Birth control pills protect against unwanted pregnancies, but they do not protect you against HIV or any other sexually transmitted disease. In fact, a recent study found birth control medication to be associated with increased HIV risk.
For now, a condom is the only form of birth control that also offers scientifically proven protection against HIV.
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 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.
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
Comment by: Barbara
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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