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mężczyzna z HIV

I am a person living with HIV

The response to antiretroviral therapy and the course of infection are gender independent. When living with HIV, you don't have to give up sexual activity, family or social life. Are you a man who has sexual relations with men? Find out here how to take care of your sexual health when you are HIV positive.

What is happening in your body?

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What will the doctor ask about during the first visit?

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HIV and other STIs

Did you know that the risk of HIV infection during receptive anal sex is up to 3%. In the second, it works similarly. If you are HIV positive and have undetectable viremia, great! However, remember that there are other sexually transmitted infections besides HIV that you are still exposed to. Despite the fact that you can heal most of them, they are not indifferent to your body. Also, be mindful of your partners' health. If you are not using a condom and are in contact with more than one person, you can pass the infection from one person to another. The condom is still one of the best protection against STI infection.

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Chemsex and HIV

Do you happen to take drugs? Take care of them when you live with HIV. Your ARV medications can raise the levels of certain psychoactive substances in your body to unsafe levels.

Don't underestimate depression and anxiety. Let me help you.

Did you know that MSM is more than twice as likely to suffer from recurrent depression at some point in their life, and they experience panic disorder almost three times more often than the general population? In HIV-infected people, the percentage of both disorders is even higher.


  • you feel sad, anxious, anxious, guilty,

  • you are more tearful

  • you have a drop in mood, nothing makes you happy,

  • you lack energy,

  • you suffer from sleep disorders (problems falling asleep, waking up in the morning, excessive sleepiness),

  • your appetite has changed (increased or decreased),

  • you have thoughts of suicide.

And these symptoms persist for more than 3 months, contact a psychotherapist, psychiatrist or psychologist. You don't have to deal with it alone. Specialists will help you deal with the disease and, if necessary, prescribe appropriate medications.

Are you looking for psychological support? Check the offer of non-governmental organizations.

Get tested regularly!

Cancer prevention in women living with HIV

Testicular cancer prevention

Testicular cancer is most common in men between the ages of 20 and 30. The risk of its development in men living with HIV is 2.5 times higher than in the HIV population (-).

  • Do a test of the testicles yourself once a month.

  • Once a year, it is worth going to a urologist who will do it professionally.

Penile cancer prevention

Penile cancer is 5-6 times more common in HIV-infected men compared to uninfected men. Antiretroviral therapy has no influence on the risk of developing it.

  • Proper hygiene and observation of the penis - see a urologist if there are any changes in the penis.

Anal cancer prevention

HPV infection is the main cause of cancer of the anus and condylomata acuminata.

  • Digital rectal examination every 1-3 years - If you have regular receptive anal contacts without a condom.

  • Regular manual examination of the anal canal with a finger (2 cm).

  • Vaccination for HPV - consider having an HPV vaccination if you are under 45 years of age. Currently, a vaccine is recommended to prevent infection with serotypes 6, 11, 16 and 18 (quadrivalent) or 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, 58 (nine valent).

The most important information

to remember

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If you are seropositive, use contraception.


Some drugs can interact with ARVs, so always notify your doctor about your drug treatment.


By living with HIV, you can get pregnant and give birth to a healthy baby.

Portret starszego mężczyzny

By taking your medication regularly, you won't pass HIV to another person through sexual contact.

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