Risks of dating someone with hiv

Today, an estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States.Thanks to better treatments, people with HIV are now living longer—and with a better quality of life—than ever before.

It’s important to disclose your HIV status to your sex and needle-sharing partners even if you are uncomfortable doing it.Communicating with each other about your HIV status allows you and your partner to take steps to keep both of you healthy.Many resources can help you learn ways to disclose your status to your partners.For tips on how to start the conversation with your partner, check out CDC’s campaigns.

Also, ask your health department about free partner notification services.

Health department staff can help find your sex or needle-sharing partners to let them know they may have been exposed to HIV and provide them with testing, counseling, and referrals for other services.