A 36-year-old member asked:
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if a hiv married couple are on hiv medications would it better to use a condom for safe sex?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
31 years experience Family Medicine
Yes but clarify: I am assuming you are referring to one member of the couple having HIV and is on medication. Condom use is never 100% protective in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, however, a condom use is better than not using anything. Another member asked about use of a female and male condom; this would also be beneficial but not 100% protective.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
25 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Just because both partners have HIV doesn't mean it's the same strain. There is a phenomenon called " swarming" where a persons wild type virus is replaced by another. It is important.
Answered on Nov 29, 2017
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Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
New HIV info: We now know that HIV positive humans on effective medication are not in any way able to transmit HIV to anyone. They are now proven to be functionally HIV negative. Couples no longer are advised to wear condoms in monogamous relationships.
Answered on Jun 10, 2017

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