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Partner communication and agreements

Sharing your HIV status with your sex partners, and having them tell you their status, can help you make good decisions about sex and the strategies you use to lower the chance of getting or transmitting HIV risk.

Partners can make different kinds of choices about their sexual partnerships to try to lower their chances of getting or transmitting HIV. This includes being in a monogamous relationship, choosing partners with the same HIV status (serosorting), and having sex agreements to protect themselves and their partners from HIV.

While any of these actions can decrease the chance of getting or transmitting HIV, they are dependent upon both you and your partner accurately knowing and sharing information. For example, you may not be certain of your HIV status, or you may not want to tell your partner if you had sex outside the relationship. When accurate information isn't shared between partners, your chance of getting or transmitting HIV can actually increase.