Get Tested For HIV and Precautions
My partner has HIV. What precautions do I need to take?
Do not need to stress. With proper precautions and information, couples or sexual partners can reduce (but not eliminate) the risk of transmitting HIV to the healthier partner:
- Consult a doctor and get advice on preventive measures like PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (Post exposure prophylaxis) that reduce the risk of HIV.
- Make sure your partner is taking regular medication and treatment for HIV. People who aren’t on HIV treatment will have higher concentration of the virus in their bodily fluids, making it more probable to pass it on to a sexual partner. People living with HIV taking proper medication, undergoing HIV treatment and Antiretroviral therapy (ART) will usually have less of the virus in their bloodstream and consequently reduced risk of transmission.
- Please consistently use of condoms with lubricants is a must. (buy here)
- Regular HIV testing (every 3-6 months) is crucial for you, to keep a check on your HIV status. (book a test)
- Do not avoid intimacy! Couples dealing with HIV should be aware of the risk of transmission (unsafe activities elimination/reduction).
- Hugging, kissing, and touching are all safe activities — so Give love!
How often does my partner needs to get tested?
If one of the partners is HIV negative while the other being positive, the negative partner is advised to get regular HIV and STD testing once in 6 months. If the negative partner is on PrEP, he may be required to get tested once in 3 months.