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(Dealing with) the risk of getting HIV and STIs

If you have sexual contact, you run a risk of passing on or getting HIV or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Many people with HIV think it is important not to pass on their virus to others and not to get or pass on any other STI. You can take measures to reduce risk of doing that as much as possible. If you have safer sex, you and your sex partner run very little risk. Whereas the term ‘safe sex’ is commonly used in Dutch, the more common term in English is ‘safer sex’, which implies that while safer sex certainly reduces the risk, it cannot eliminate it altogether.

What determines the risk?

  • Safer sex: what to do and what not to do
  • Your viral load
  • The number of different sex partners you have
  • The number of times you have sex
  • Agreements, communication and trust
  • The level of risk that your sex partner runs

In this article you can read much more about these factors, about common reasons for having safer sex but also common reasons for having unprotected sex, and about condoms and lube and how to use them.

Reinfection with HIV
It appears to be rather common for people with HIV to become reinfected by HIV. This probably has few if any consequences for their health, however.

Who can I turn to with my questions about safer and unsafe sex and STIs?

  • Soa Aids Infolijn 0900 204 2040 (€0.10 per minute) or infolijn@soaaids.nl (answer within two working days)
  • Servicepunt of Hiv Vereniging Nederland 020 689 25 77 (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 2pm to 10pm) or servicepunt@hivnet.org.

 

 

 

 

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Hiv Vereniging Nederland

Eerste Helmersstraat 17

1054 CX AMSTERDAM

020 6 160 160

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Servicepunt

020 689 25 77
servicepunt@hivnet.org


For questions about living with HIV. Available monday, tuesday and thursday from 2 PM till 10 PM

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