The HIV partner study (the study that changed the way I view HIV) studied 767 couples who had differing HIV statuses.

The HIV positive partner had to be reacting well to his medication, and the negative partner was not allowed to take any post-exposure or pre-exposure medication.

Talk to your doctor about PEP, “Post-Exposure Prophylaxis” (See fact sheet 156.) This has not yet been proven to avoid transmission between sex partners.

Do not just take a few doses of your partner’s medication! For PEP to work, it must be started very soon after exposure to HIV.

Your provider will help you with the treatment you need to reduce the chance your baby will be infected. If you would like to receive this monthly update by personal e-mail, please click on the SUBMIT button.

Picture this: You’re on your fourth, maybe fifth, date with someone you think is phenomenal.

I debated for over a month if being with this man was a risk I was willing to take.

The more I learned and the more I contemplated, I came to the conclusion there was virtually no risk at all.

Back then, I saw HIV as a death sentence, a disease that stripped a person of his identity. I visited his doctor and armed myself with all the knowledge I would need to make this work.

For me, this changed the face of HIV, and I hope this does the same for you.

It’s late; you’ve missed your last train home, and it’s a frosty London night.