However, you may want to consider using condoms as there is a chance you or your partner (positive or not) could transmit other infections such as: There is also a small risk of reinfection with HIV. If either partner has drug resistance or a different type of resistance this can be transmitted. The risk is probably at least as low as catching HIV the first time.This will be higher if viral load is detectable and dramatically less for someone on effective treatment.

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Details of upcoming events can be found on the Calendar of Events. Find out more Our benefits advise team can check your benefit entitlements, help you to complete the necessary forms, advocate with the Department of Work and Pensions and your local council and attend medical assessments with you. Homerton Hospital – Every Monday Royal Free Hospital – Every Monday St Mary’s Hospital – Every Tuesday Ealing Hospital – 1st Tuesday of the month Royal London Hospital– Every Tuesday Northwick Park Hospital– Every Thursday Newham Hospital– 1st & 3rd Friday of each month Chelsea & Westminster – Every Thursday Charing Cross hospital– Alternate Wednesdays If you would like to develop new skills and use your own experience to support people living with HIV why don’t you consider training to become a peer mentor?

For more details contact Garry Brough on 020 7713 0444 or email [email protected] Contact our Women’s Project Coordinators Helen on [email protected] Diana on [email protected] call either of them on 020 7713 0444 Yes, everyone should enjoy a sex life regardless of their HIV status.

Remember HIV is not a barrier to relationships or sex and many positive people enjoy healthy sexual and intimate relationships.

New research, like the Partner Study, has shown that when you are on ARV treatment, your Viral Load is Undetectable (HIV present in your blood), and you are having regular medical care and check-ups, you will not pass HIV to your partner.

The implications for your health if reinfection occurs will depend on how serious the resistance is.

We mainly know about reinfection because of cases where the new infection has caused treatment to fail.

If you want to use condoms, but don’t feel able to negotiate them, then it’s a good idea to seek personal advice on how to be assertive about this.

If you want more information or advice on sex and HIV from somebody who has faced similar experiences you can talk to one of our advisers who are women living with HIV.

Some people after a new diagnosis may feel ‘dirty’ having contracted a sexually transmitted virus.

Some may experience an increase in their sexual desire, because they feel it is life affirming, and sex makes them feel loved and connect to others.

All these reactions are part of dealing with a new diagnosis and are normal.