Protecting You and Your Partner

Protecting You and Your Partner

Having a different HIV-status from your sexual partner can be intimidating, but it’s possible to have a fulfilling and safe sexual relationship.

PrEP is a once daily pill to prevent HIV.
It must be prescribed by a doctor. If taken as directed, it can be more than 92% effective at preventing HIV transmission. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that HIV negative individuals who are at a higher risk for HIV infection (including having a sexual partner who is HIV positive) consider PrEP as a preventative tool.

Discuss PrEP with your partner and keep taking your medications. Continuing to take your HIV medications while your negative partner is on PrEP will provide them with a high level of protection. The Centers for Disease Control recommends it.

If you think you may have been exposed to HIV, it’s important to speak to a doctor within 72 hours of possible exposure since PEP (post exposure prophylaxis) may be an option to prevent infection. PEP is a combination of drugs taken for at least 28 days that can be 81% effective at preventing HIV infection.

Get Sure! Getting tested and knowing your status is a great way to protect yourself and your sexual partners. Generally speaking, as sexual activity increases, so should HIV and STD testing. Frequency of testing may also depend on your risk factors. Having STDs can make you more susceptible to HIV, so it’s important to get a full screening.

If diagnosed, it’s very important that any of your sexual partners also get tested and treated to prevent reinfection.

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