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Unprotected sex - both HIV+, one on ARV

I have read similar questions, but didn't understand any of the answers provided. I (female) and my partner ( male ) are both HIV+ but only I am on medication. What are the effects, if any, of having unprotected sex (vaginal and anal). Can he...
Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

Response from Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

University of North Carolina
Hello there-The main risk to you is being "superinfected" with a different virus that may or may not be sensitive to the ARVs you are currently taking. This is fortunately not common, but is well documented in the literature. Hope that... Read more »

Do ARV's reduce sex drive?

My husband & I are both HIV positive & have been taking ARV'S him for 6 years... Read more »

Unprotected sex on ARV

My partner and I are positive both HIV-1 strain. However, my CD4 dropped to 258 while his is 400+.... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

AIDS 2010 Studies, Releases: Treating HIV-Positive Patients With ARVs Drove Down Number of New HIV Infections, Study Finds

"Treating HIV patients with cocktails of AIDS drugs helps to stop them spreading the infection further and more than halved the number of new HIV diagnoses in a study in Canada, scientists said on Sunday," Reuters reports. The study, which was... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

IAS Conference: Low-Cost CD4 Tests; HIV Prevalence Among Pregnant Zimbabweans; Treating HIV-TB With ARVs; Vaccine Trials

The following are stories fromthis week's5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention meeting in Cape Town, South Africa: SciDev.Net : Steven Reidof theImperial College London spoke of three... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

The Role of ARVs in HIV Prevention: Microbicides and PrEP

Table of Contents Introduction ARV-Based Microbicides Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Policy and Programmatic Implications General Drawbacks of Using ARVs as a Preventive Technology Overcoming These Drawbacks and the Way Forward Conclusion ... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

ARVs as Prevention: Great Promise and the Questions That Remain

Antiretrovirals (ARVs) used to treat HIV infection have proved to be powerful tools for HIV prevention. Scientific evidence shows that early treatment of ARVs in HIV-positive people dramatically reduces their risk of transmitting the virus to their... Read more »
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Posted by babygirl30, 1 Reply
I have read alot of posts and many of them talk about ARV.What is that? Is it just another name for HIV? Read more »

First Day ARvs Today

Posted by green_xuanya, 1 Reply
In January 2010, I was diagnosed to be HIV+. I was in denial for a couple of months - I was depressed, I tried to escape but who am I fooling - just myself. So this week, I came back to the doctor Wednesday, had my tests on Thursday and got my ARVs... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
What is Aids Related Virus, ARV, and what does it cause? My cousin's son was recently diagnosed as having ARV and he is less than a year old. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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"Positive living" eclipsed by ARV (Antiretroviral

Posted by bradford, 1 Reply
"Positive living" eclipsed by ARV (Antiretroviral) drive

Originally, it seemingly appeared that anyone infected with HIV would progress to disease and die. This has long since been realized to no longer be true. We have individuals all over the... Read more »