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Newly Diagnosed With HIV

Although a major source of transmission of HIV is through bodily contact, you can still be physically intimate with people. Learn how to avoid transmitting HIV to other people.

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You may not want to date or have sex with your spouse or significant other after learning you are HIV positive. However, physical intimacy is important to our well being.

When you are ready, you can have sex in a manner that does not put your partner at risk, or which minimizes the risk. Rather than think in terms of black and white (safe/unsafe), think in terms of more or less risk. Our document on HIV transmission shows you how.

If you are in a couple, your becoming HIV positive may place major stress on the relationship. If the relationship becomes difficult, consider couples counseling at your local AIDS Service Organization offsite link and/or joining a support group with other couples.

It is worth keeping in mind that in some states knowingly transmitting HIV disease can be subject to criminal penalties.At the least, you may be subject to civil liability, including money damages.

If you have difficulty, consider speaking with a mental health professional such as a social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist. It may also help to join a support group whre you will likely learn a good deal of practical information in addition to receiving emotional support..

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