HIV and Sex

When you are diagnosed with HIV, you may have concerns about putting somebody else at risk of infection. This can make it difficult to relax and enjoy sex. There may be worries about telling a partner about having HIV, fears about what a current/future partner really thinks about it or how they may react. Sometimes, using condoms may not be something that you are used to and you may find that thinking about safer sex gets in the way of enjoying your sex life.

The combination of all these thoughts and feelings can impact on your enjoyment of sex. It can take time to adjust but it can be reassuring to note that many people move through their concerns and worries to have enjoyable sex lives. Exploring how you are feeling about your diagnosis can aid in how you think about sex. Living with HIV does not change the desire and need for love, affection or the pleasure we get from sex. Remember however, it is recommended that if you are sexually active, to practice safe sex.