Sex and HIV


Sex and sexuality

People with HIV want the same things as other people — love, affection and the pleasure you can get and give by having sex. Sex can be a really positive way to feel good about yourself and your partner. Having sex can make you feel desired and valued, happy and fulfilled. HIV-positive people can enjoy a healthy and fulfilling sex life. Most HIV-positive Australians do.

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Contraception lets you avoid pregnancy or plan a pregnancy when you’re ready to have a child. There is a wide range of methods to choose from, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Before choosing a method of contraception it is important to discuss all options with your doctor, with particular attention to the way contraception may aggravate issues associated with your HIV infection, and ways your HIV infection and any antiretroviral treatments you are taking may undermine the effectiveness of contraception.

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