Q and A


Both my partner and I are positive, though he’s not on meds, do we need condoms?

I’m HIV positive and on treatment and my partner is positive but not on treatment. I want to know how will it affect us, because we don’t use condoms.


Thanks for getting in touch.

If you and your partner both have the same strain of HIV then then reinfection is not a problem. This is even if he’s not on medication. Therefore its OK not to use condoms.

Reinfection is discussed in detail here it can be an  issue if there is drug resistance.

Is your partner planning to start ART in the future? Are there reasons why they are now using ART now?


  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Buhle,

    Reinfection isn’t something that’s common. Please see here: http://i-base.info/qa/7051

  2. Buhle

    Hi, my partner and I are both hiv positive. he tested positive in 2014 and i tested positive in 2016 before we met . So when we initially met we were both hiv positive already. So we’ve be together for 2years now and we’ve never used protection, not even once since we both have the virus already. But now I recently started taking arv’s and he doesn’t (he refused to take treatment) . So I’m curious to know if it’s safe for me to continue having unprotected sex with him since I’m on arv’s and he’s not. Is the any risk or possibility of reinfection for me if we continue having unprotected sex? or can this affect me in anyway if we continue without protection?


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