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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.
Having an STI can definitely complicate your love life.
Case in point: More than 70 percent of men say they’d dump an HIV-positive partner, according to a 2017 study by online doctor service Dr Ed.
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There's no shame in having HIV and being honest with a prospective date about it.
If he or she balks, that's just not the right person for you. You do need to come out about your status before you have oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Each of those states has reported proceedings in which HIV-positive people have been arrested and/or prosecuted for consensual sex, biting, or spitting, so in some states even a hand job can be a risky act if you haven't told your sexual partner your status.
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