Hiv and dating and not
Growing evidence suggests that as HIV medicines become more efficacious, HIV-positive individuals taking antiretroviral medications are significantly less likely to transmit the virus to a sexual partner than someone not taking medication.In fact, in a study of almost 3,000 monogamous serodiscordant couples, it was found that with the use of antiretroviral therapy, only 3.4 percent of sexually active couples would transmit HIV from the infected to uninfected partner over a period of 100 years.We made complex weekday dinners to distract ourselves from the fact that we were both pretty bored with each other.grown up, because I had never even been tested for HIV at my yearly checkup at Planned Parenthood, where I went for primary care.Whilst it involved men/women in stable relationships, it has been used to validate sero-discordant relationships of all kinds.(And possibly misused to defend unprotected casual sex, too.) Of the 1763 couples involved in the study, only 1 new infection was recorded in the branch of people under treatment (27 in the other branch – not taking medication), at the very beginning of the retroviral therapy.(I’ll happily admit I haven’t lived if your answer is ‘always! These figures need to be read with caution, statistics can be misleading, but, let’s face it, it’s pretty damn hard to become infected, especially in first world countries, especially between men/women, especially when on medication or using protection.
I grew up during the HIV/AIDS crisis and should have known better, but as a heterosexual woman, I equated safe sex with not getting pregnant more than with getting an STI, let alone HIV. It's embarrassing to admit that now, but I really did ignorantly think sex was all fun and games.Regardless of your reasoning to either call or not call him again, his HIV status shouldn’t be a factor.HIV isn’t one of the variables that determine whether you and your partner are an emotional and physical match. If all of the other elements of a relationship seem to be in place – sexual attraction, similar tastes and a mutual like for each other’s weirdness – both of you would be a fool to let mismatched statuses get in the way. I knew how to reduce the risks of being infected (yeah, that served me well! Simply because it didn’t affect me, therefore I didn’t care much.
I say it isn’t wrong because it would be hypocritical for me to say otherwise: once upon a time, I was HIV negative and I did not know that much about living with the condition.
How high are my chances of contracting it if we are careful?