Dating someone with HIV positive. Things you should know.
Dating someone with HIV is not easy and might have lots of up and downs. However, if you already decided to get into a relationship with someone who has HIV virus there’s a bunch of things you shall know and be prepared for. In this article, we are going to give you few tips and tricks how not to get crazy and be supportive to your partner.
1. What is HIV?
Let’s make it clear and speak up honestly what HIV really is to avoid any further misunderstandings. HIV is a virus which causes the immune system to have a lack of protection and leads to life-threatening infections and might cause death as well. AIDS is what we call the condition created by HIV.
2. How can you get it?
HIV can be transmitted only by particular parts of your body. If your partner is HIV positive then the risk of getting a virus is getting higher if you don’t get proper protection and your partner does not have a treatment. HIV can be transmitted by blood, vaginal fluids or sperm. HIV cannot be transmitted by sweat or tears. The main and most recent case of getting HIV is having unprotected sex with an HIV positive or sharing a needle with someone who has this virus. If your partner is 100 % of having HIV then the best solution for you both is using condoms and be really careful while sexual acts. What's more, if you will keep your health and have no infected vagina it will be harder for HIV to get into your body as well.
3. How will you know if you got HIV?
They're no common symptoms of HIV however; some patients had been talking about a sore throat, muscle pains, and strong headaches. Those are signs that your body might fight with HIV virus. The best thing to check out if you are positive or not is to have a blood test. It’s free and anonymous.
4. How can my HIV partner help?
In order to keep your relations in good manners and keep you HIV negative, your partner can take great care of his/ her treatment plan. Taking pills everyday will not only help your partner to maintain body condition and everyday life but also will low the risk of transmission.
5. How can you help your HIV partner?
First of all be supportive and never talk about his/ her problem behind their back. Being reliable and honest in a relationship is something which everybody deserves for. There’s lots of literature and professional help in order to teach you to talk with your HIV-positive partner and how to deal with his/her ups and downs. What you can do is literally help your partner to get proper treatment and extend his/her life. What's more, you can present a bunch of supportive groups and discussion forums where you can both take part with. Be open minded and be a great listener if your partner is in need of help and warm words.
HIV doesn’t mean that there’s no hope for love and dating, however, it’s something you wish not to get for sure. Having HIV-positive partner is not the end of the world and there’s always a proper way and treatment to have a happy and successful relationship.