HIV and AIDS and Relationships

Most people who are infected with HIV do not know they are infected, and you cannot tell if a person is infected just by looking at them.

It is important to talk to your sexual partner about the risk of infection with HIV.  There are a number of ways to have safer sex including using condoms, or having sex where no penetration or contact with body fluids occurs.

Some couples in serious relationships choose to have an HIV test.  This helps them make choices about their sexual practices and their future

Couples who are planning to have a baby should know that the baby can also be infected with the virus during pregnancy, birth or through breastfeeding.  Only some babies born to infected mothers become infected with HIV.

If you are in a sexual relationship:

  • talk to your partner about HIV/AIDS
  • practice safer sex by using condoms
  • find out other ways to have safer sex
  • know the facts about HIV/AIDS
  • consider having an HIV test

You and your partner have the right to say no to sex, and to practise safer sex.  Respect your partner, and work together to prevent HIV/AIDS.

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This page last edited on 22 May, 2023

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