A mixed-status couple is one where one of the partners is HIV positive and the other not.
The possibility of HIV infection is a constant reality, but there are ways to minimise the risk.
Dr Sindi van Zyl, a specialist in the HIV and Aids field, believes disclosure of your HIV status should be done as soon as possible.
Of course, that’s easier said than done, because we all fear rejection.
However, honesty is important to protect each other.
So just how safe is it for mixed-status couples to have sex?
Dr Sindi says the important concept to understand is managing bodily fluids. “We want the couple to have a healthy sex life while protecting the negative partner from contracting HIV. That is why status disclosure is key, so that the couple can take the necessary steps.”
How can the risk of transmission be minimised?
For more information and support, the national number for the Aid for Aids helpline is 0800 012 322