What Women Need to Know About Sex and HIV


Christopher Iliades, MD

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For many women, being HIV positive causes feelings of shame or guilt that push thoughts about sexuality into the background. But most women will eventually desire a loving relationship again that includes sex. The good news is that you can have sex after an HIV diagnosis.

Once you are ready to resume sexual activity, there are a few important steps to take:

  • Talk to your doctor about precautions.

  • Educate yourself about HIV and sex.

  • Learn how to communicate with your sexual partner.

  • Keep yourself and your partner safe during sex.

  • Have a birth control plan.

Get Smart About Sex With HIV

Educate yourself with essential health information. Learn how HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) pass from one person to another. Understand the risk factors and what you can do about them. Your doctor is an important resource, but here are some basics:

Managing HIV goes beyond just taking your medications—you’ve also got to live a healthy life. These patients and physicians share how you can give your body what it needs to thrive with HIV.

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