We care about our patients. We work hard to provide our patients with the best care possible. We are very happy that the treatment for HIV have improved. We want to help our patients stay as healthy as possible. We also want to do all we can to keep others from getting the virus. We believe our patients want the same thing.
Most of our patients want to keep themselves healthy. They also want to keep their partners from getting HIV.
- Some do this by not having sex at all.
- Some have one partner.
- Some choose safer behaviors like kissing, hugging, and the sexual stimulation of themselves or their partners without the exchange of bodily fluids.
- Some of our patients choose to have sex only with partners who are HIV positive.
- Some use condoms with HIV positive partners.
- Some choose safer behaviors, like oral sex, and they use latex barriers during oral sex.
- Some have anal sex, and they use condoms. Some have vaginal sex, and they use condoms.
- All of these will keep you safer and keep your partner safer.
What can you do to reduce the risk for you and your partner?
- No sex.
- Sexual stimulation of yourself or your partner without exchange of body fluids.
- Latex condom for vaginal or anal sex.
- Latex condom or barrier for oral sex.
- Limit your number of sex partners.
- Talk with your partner about safer sex.
- Carry condoms with you.
- Avoid places and people that cause you to take chances.
- Avoid alcohol and other drugs.
- Make a list of friends or family members you can talk with.
- Tell your partner about your HIV status.
(Adapted from Partnership for Health, Dept. of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California)