HIV Transmission and Talking about Sex
Talk to your partner about sex and drug use.
Knowing you are in a mutually monogamous or open relationship allows you to make different decisions about HIV prevention.
If your partner is using drugs intravenously and you are having unprotected sex, you are at high-risk for HIV transmission. Although you can't stop your partner from using drugs, you can protect yourself by using a barrier when having sex.
What if I Can't Talk to My Partner about Safer Sex?
Talking about sex can be very difficult for women. It is not always safe, either. If you are in a situation where your partner could be physically violent or is physically violent toward you, your first step is to get help. Talk to a professional who can support you in making whatever changes you need to ensure your safety.
If you are unsure about how to begin a conversation about sex and drugs with your partner, there is plenty of help. You can attend a safer sex workshop in your community.
For more information on area resources that may be able to help you, please visit our resources page.