Human immune virus or HIV is a disease mostly spread through the engagement in unsafe intimate activity with an infected person. It can as well be gotten if an individual uses an infected sharp object, or comes in contact with a bodily fluid that is infected.
According to WebMD, some of the tips for having safe intercourse if you have HIV are:
1. Use protections
Protections worn by both women and men greatly reduce the chances of passing on or catching HIV.
The amount of protection is reliant on how you and your partner are having intercourse. Anal intercourse has the greatest risk of passing on HIV. For instance, you have a 1 in 72 chance of an HIV infection every time you are the person receiving anal intercourse. Wearing a male rubber cuts that risk by 72%, or 1 in 259.
The next riskiest is if you are the person on top during anal intercourse. You have a 1 in 909 chance of being infected with HIV from your partner without protection.
If you are female, you have a slightly lower risk, or 1 in 1,234, of getting an infection during unprotected vaginal intercourse with an HIV-positive partner. Using protection reduces that risk by an average of 80 percent.
Oral intercourse poses little or no risk of HIV spread. Putting protection on the male organ or inside the female organ lessens that risk even more.
Remember that without protection, you and your partner can still be infected with other sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and chlamydia.
2. Get PrEP and PEP
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a preventive drug that prevents HIV from taking hold or spreading in your body. You get this treatment when you don’t have HIV but may be at great risk of being infected by your partner.
If you take PrEP as directed each day, your risk of catching HIV will decline by 99 percent. But it takes at least 7 days for PrEP to become effective.
Post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, is an emergency form of antiretroviral therapy. You take it if you have recently engaged in intercourse that might have made you exposed to HIV. You must take PEP as soon as possible, and no later than 72 hours after engaging in intimate activity. Otherwise, the drugs won’t be effective.