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HIV and your sex life

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Human Immuno deficiency virus or HIV infection is one of the deadliest of all sexually transmitted diseases. It certainly leaves many couples wondering if they could have a normal sex life or would be able to plan a family in the future.

You cannot ignore the fact that once you test positive for HIV there’re a lot of physical and emotional challenges you need to deal with which can affect your sex life to some extent.

However, we are not here to increase your woes, rather we shall offer you some advices and solutions for managing your sex life with HIV infection.

 

Educate yourself about the infection and share with your partner

Remember, whatever information you gather from your doctor and other resources like friends, Internet, books, etc. should not be half baked. Make sure you know things correctly and then only you would be able to explain them to your partner. 

You should focus on the following points to improve your sex life with HIV:
  • How protect your partner from getting infected
  • What precautions you must take while having sex
  • How to improve your sexual health and sexual relationship
  • Diet and lifestyle for a better sex life 

 

Be open with your partner about your disease

It’s important to communicate your problem with your partner to create a harmony in your sex life. And you can help each other only by being open. You can also take about your emotional challenges with your partner to receive consolation. It further helps you to settle down for a safe sex, which we would explain in the next paragraphs.

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Indulging in safe sex with your partner: How?

It’s mandatory for you to consult your doctor before indulging in any kind of sexual contact. HIV spreads through body fluids which include semen, vaginal and anal secretions and blood.

Remember the following do and don’ts regarding safety while having sex with HIV 

  • DO NOT have unprotected sex. Condom is the only device that offers protection against transmission of the disease.
  • Abstain from risky sexual acts like anal sex and oral sex; instead try safer ways like kissing, caressing and foreplay. Your doctor might otherwise advise you to use latex gloves and dental dams while having oral sex or using your hand for sexual activity 
It’s important to note that the aforementioned precautions are necessary even if both of you are HIV infected. This is because the strains of virus differ and contracting a different strain would further complicate your infection and health status.

 

How to deal with physical and emotional challenges to improve sex life

Agree or not, your sex life would be compromised a bit as compared to a normal healthy individual. This is because HIV infection degrades your physical health significantly. Weakness, fatigue, frequent infections, lack of appetite, low sex drive, etc. are very common. In the process of managing your health, you exert lot of pressure in your mind. Depression, stress and anxiety are secondary side effects of HIV infection, which certainly has a negative impact in your sex life. Here you need the most Help!

You would require regular counselling on improving your health. Listen to your doctor’s advice, follow the diet and nutrition provided to you and take your medicines to improve your physical and mental wellness. When your health improves, you can focus better towards your sex life.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: August 30, 2014