Since that’s not how most adults operate, the good news is that there are an increasing number of ways you can protect yourself against becoming infected with HIV, while still being able to connect sexually with your HIV positive partner.Latex and polyurethane condoms (both male/external and female/internal types) are a literal physical barrier against HIV — the holes in those materials are too small for the virus to get through.While both your situations may seem dire, the good news is that that’s not actually the case.There are a lot of ways to protect yourself against becoming infected with HIV, and your partner has many treatment options that can help him contend with his new chronic condition — and protect you in the process.Emma Kaywin, a Brooklyn-based sexual health writer and activist, is here to calm your nerves and answer your questions. I don’t even know how we could have different statuses because I’m on the pill and we haven’t been using condoms in almost a year, but I’m really relieved I don’t have it.No gender, sexual orientation, or question is off limits, and all questions will remain anonymous. I love him so much, I don’t even care right now that he cheated on me and got this lifelong disease. A: First of all, I want to recognize that that’s an intense situation to be confronted with.
The fluids through which HIV can be transmitted are blood, semen, precum (also called pre-seminal fluid), vaginal fluid, breast milk (only for mother-to-child transmission), and rectal fluids, also called anal mucous.
Just because they have it doesn’t mean you will get it.
In order to potentially get their HIV into your system, you need to get it into your body through either a mucous membrane (which can be the lining of your vagina or anus, the tip of your penis, or the inside of your mouth depending on what parts you’ve got), a cut on your skin (it has to be pretty big and actively bleeding — a papercut or old cut that’s healed aren’t risks), or straight into your bloodstream through sharing needles.
There are some main acts that can result in fluid and site coming together, resulting in a potential infection.
The main ones are having unprotected sex (we’ll get to protection tools later) with someone who has HIV and sharing needles with someone living with HIV when you inject drugs.
When someone first gets infected, the virus goes all spring break on your body while your immune system scrambles to retaliate.