Say No to AIDS

You may be wondering, "If I have HIV, can I get another type of HIV?"

You can. If you have HIV, and you get another strain, this is known as HIV Superinfection. This new strain can replace the original strain or exist with it in your body.

If you get a superinfection, you may become very sick if the new strain is resistant to your medication.

It is important that we keep taking our medication so that we can protect one another from getting a superinfection.


Important Considerations About Superinfection

While superinfection can be prevented by the consistent and proper consumption of your ART medication, it is still important that we use condoms, even if your sexual partner is also HIV positive. If a new HIV strain is developed, there is a possibility that it is not treatable with the currently available medication.

If a person gets a superinfection, they can experience:

In the same way that you can contract another strain of HIV, you can also contract another sexually transmitted infection (STI) while having HIV. These STIs can affect your body in the same way that a superinfection can, and your health can deteriorate. To avoid this, you should always practice safe sex, as a condom is the ONLY prevention against other sexually transmitted diseases.

So, to avoid the risk of getting a Superinfection, continue to take your medication as told by your pharmacist or doctor at the treatment site, continue to have safe sex, and consult your doctor if you have any questions regarding your concerns with a new or current partner.

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