Modern HIV treatment reduces your viral load to undetectable – there’s no more risk of transmission or progression to late-stage HIV. Here are some important points for poz guys to help you live and play well.
PrEP and PEP
If you’ve had sex with someone and it’s put them at risk of getting HIV you should know all about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). It’s a treatment that can stop HIV infection if started quickly enough (within 24 hours is best, and no later than 72 hours).
If your partner is HIV negative, you might want to recommend they look into PrEP, a drug taken by HIV-negative people before sex that reduces the risk of getting HIV.
If you’re positive, you can still pick up different strains of HIV if you’re having sex with someone who isn’t on effective treatment.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Men with HIV (especially those who don’t use condoms) make up large numbers of cases of the serious infections hepatitis C, LGV and syphilis, as well as gonorrhoea and chlamydia. To learn more check the individual pages on these infections:
You can read about the chance of picking up different, more dangerous strains of HIV. This page also has the facts about things some men do to reduce the risk of passing on HIV. These include poz men pulling out before coming, taking the passive role, not using condoms if their viral load is low or undetectable and so on.
Getting sexually transmitted infections when you already have HIV risks damaging your health and makes it more likely you’ll give HIV to others. Find out how STIs can affect you if you have HIV.
Want information and support?
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT)
THT Direct helpline is 0808 802 1221 – they’re open 10am-8pm weekdays. You can call to talk about testing for HIV (or other STIs), accessing PrEP or PEP, information about the law and prosecutions for transmission of HIV, and staying on top of your sexual health.
THT Direct also runs an online advice service.
The myHIV forum is the UK’s largest community network for people living with HIV with over 4,000 members, and can help you connect with others.
Provides more detailed treatments information and publishes a free newsletter, AIDS Treatment Update.
Telephone: 020 7837 6988 (office number)
Another good source of treatment Information, with a treatments helpline open Monday to Wednesday 12pm to 4pm.
Treatments phoneline: 0808 800 6013
Last review: 06/09/2018
Next review: 06/09/2021