Should You Take Medicine Against HIV If You Have a New Partner?

Over 1/10 people with HIV do not know they have the infection, so just being ‘truthful’ is not going to protect you from having unprotected sex with someone infected with HIV.

Most new cases of HIV are men transmitting the infection to an uninfected male partner, about 10% of cases are women acquiring the infection from a male partner.

There is a medication regimen you can take before you have sex with an HIV partner, that should protect you from catching the disease.

There are two different regimen’s used, and they have been tested for use without protection. We still would never advise having unprotected sex with a new partner.

The medication is not perfect protection against catching HIV.

Medication to protect against HIV is called ‘pre-exposure prophylaxis’ and should be used if you have been deemed to be in a high risk relationship.

Ask your personal physician if this medication is right for you, and how you can practice safer sex.


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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