Sexual Intimacy With an HIV-Positive Partner
[Everyday Health, 3/20/19] When one person contracts HIV, the couple’s approach to sex, intimacy, and childbearing must change to protect the other.
When one person in a couple is diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, it has a significant effect on the couple’s romantic relationship — there’s always a chance that the infected person can transmit HIV to his or her partner.
The most dangerous possibility for HIV transmission occurs when a partner is infected but doesn’t know it, says Marilyn Henderson, BSN, RN, the director of the science department at the Medical Institute for Sexual Health in Austin, Texas.
If you’re HIV positive, you can help protect your partner from becoming infected while still maintaining a close relationship by putting smart, safer sex practices in place. And with the right precautions, even that most intimate of connections — conceiving a child together — can safely be accomplished.
What Are the Chances of Getting HIV Through Anal or Vaginal Intercourse?
One way to address the anxiety about infecting a partner is to understand the exact level of risk involved with different types of sexual activity. Among heterosexuals, vaginal intercourse is a common route of HIV transmission, with the woman at greater risk for HIV infection than the man. Says Henderson, “The risk for infection for the female is about twice that of the male partner.”
The type of sexual behavior that poses the greatest risk for passing on the HIV virus is receptive anal intercourse, Henderson says, explaining that “the person receiving the penis in the anus is the receptive person. In heterosexual sex, that is the woman.”…..
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