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Do my partner and I need to have safe sex if we both have HIV?

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You might think you don't need to practice safe sex if both you and your partner have HIV. But practicing safe sex will help protect you from other STDs. It will also protect you against other strains of HIV that might not respond well to medication.

SOURCES Planned Parenthood web site: "Safer Sex." AIDS InfoNet web site: "Safer Sex Guidelines." American Academy of Family Physicians web site: "HIV and AIDS: How to Reduce Your Risk." Gay Men's Health Crisis web site: "HIV/AIDS Basics." FDA web site: "Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases ... especially AIDS." MedlinePlus web site: "Medical Encyclopedia: Condoms." FDA web site. CDC: "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)." :

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 17, 2019

SOURCES Planned Parenthood web site: "Safer Sex." AIDS InfoNet web site: "Safer Sex Guidelines." American Academy of Family Physicians web site: "HIV and AIDS: How to Reduce Your Risk." Gay Men's Health Crisis web site: "HIV/AIDS Basics." FDA web site: "Condoms and Sexually Transmitted Diseases ... especially AIDS." MedlinePlus web site: "Medical Encyclopedia: Condoms." FDA web site. CDC: "Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)." :

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 17, 2019

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