How high are my chances of contracting it if we are careful?
Dear Reader, There is no way for a sexually active person to be 100 percent certain that s/he is protected from HIV infection or any other sexually transmitted infection (STI).
I have been through all of the online matchmakers and I cannot find anyone remotely close...
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Risk is reduced even further when the following qualifications are met: Risk of transmission varies with viral load, which is entirely unique to each individual.
Consistent and correct condom usage is key to lowering transmission risk in mixed status couples, regardless of viral load.
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.I would strongly encourage you to take the time to educate yourself about the facts of HIV transmission and prevention.As for becoming involved with this particular person, there are many reasons as to why one person may not want to pursue a relationship with another person.There are a lot of "risks" (physical and emotional) when we make ourselves vulnerable by truly opening ourselves to another person and daring to "fall in love." I do not believe that HIV status, in and of itself, needs to be a reason to not pursue a relationship.While being in a mixed-status relationship has its challenges, it is certainly viable. Remien, I am currently in a relationship with an HIV- man. My partner would like to further our sexual relationship and include anal sex.