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Question

Will having sex without a condom have any impact on my CD4 count?

I’m positive and on treatment. I just want to know, will having sex without a condom have any impact on my CD4 count?

Answer

Thanks for getting in touch.

Having sex without a condom won’t have any impact on your CD4 count. The only issues that there could be are pregnancy if you aren’t using contraception (this is if you’re a woman) and STI’s.

8 comments

  1. Roy Trevelion

    H Bryan,

    I’m sorry, it sounds really tough at the moment.

    But your meds look as though your doctor is trying to treat all your symptoms. What did they say about your treatment when they gave it to you?

    Atenef is a generic version of Atripla and it is for treatment of HIV (ART). Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that treats bacterial infections. Aspirin and RF 21 can both be used for pain. And do you mean nystatin oral? That is used to treat thrush in your mouth and throat.

    But please talk to your doctor about all your symptoms, including the lymph nodes.

    Do you have access to your CD4 count and viral load results? And how long have you been on treatment?

    Please let us know.

    In the meantime here’s an Introduction to ART.

  2. Bryan

    Hello my name is Bryan, I’ve just being diagnosed with HIV and I’ve started treatment, I was prescribed a RF 21 ATENEF, Austell-Amoxicillin, Aspirin and Nastal for my thrush.
    I have this painful thrush and lymph nodes on my neck, they sensitivite and softly exposed
    Its difficult to eat, drink and talk and it burns like tonsils. My skin is face is dry and I developed a scalp. I’ve been having this blocked nose which can’t heal and it’s irritating as well..

    Please help. This this med going to help remove all this symptoms because I really can’t go on like this

  3. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Samantha,

    Do you mean Atenef?

    Heart burn can be caused when acid comes up from the stomach towards the throat. But this is not a reported side effect of Atenef. So it’s a good idea to talk to the doctor about it.

  4. samantha

    good day am Samantha i started my afenet last 3 weeks ago, am suffering from chest burn every take after taking the pill let’s say after an hour of drinking it . just want to find out is it normal side effects.

  5. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Kanyana,

    Unfortunately i-Base doesn’t have resources to answer more questions about HIV risks and HIV testing. But you can find all FAQs here.

  6. Kanyana

    I have been dating a girl for 2month and we had sex many times but she lied to me about her status and she was positive despite I asked.

    She just told me two weeks ago after we had sex during her period

    I have been circumcised for years now can this help me

    I have tested today and it was negative but am worried

    Please guide

  7. Roy Trevelion

    Hi Harry,

    Unfortunately i-Base doesn’t have resources to answer more questions about HIV risks and HIV testing. But you can find all FAQs here.

  8. Harry

    Hello, just a week before I had a protected sex (on condom) with unknown person who I am not aware was infected by HIV. Sex was just for few seconds. Now since two days I am suffering from cold is this a sign of early stage of HIV. Please answer as I am very much afraid

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