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What is negotiated safety?

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People in relationships may have agreements about whether, when, and with whom sex outside the relationship is okay. Sometimes these agreements focus on the kind of sex that is allowed inside and outside of the relationship or what types of methods are used to decrease the chances of getting HIV. Negotiated safety is a type of sex agreement HIV-negative couples can use to help reduce the risk of getting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) if they follow the conditions of the strategy.

What we know about negotiated safety:

Negotiated safety is a type of sex agreement HIV-negative couples can use to help reduce the risk of getting HIV and other STDs if they follow the conditions of the strategy. + Negotiated safety requires open communication between partners, careful planning and follow through of a shared agreement, and the use of condoms during sex until the required elements for safety are satisfied.

If partners meet all the conditions of a negotiated safety agreement, it can help prevent them from getting HIV. If conditions are broken, partners can be placed at high risk. If partners can't follow the sex agreement or other aspects of negotiated safety, other prevention methods should be considered instead.

What you can do

If you and your partner agree to and follow the negotiated safety strategy, including following all required conditions, then your risk of getting HIV can be reduced. This requires open communication between partners, careful planning and follow through of a shared agreement, and the use of condoms during sex until the required elements for safety are satisfied.

If you don't think you and your partner can satisfy all of the conditions of negotiated safety, there are other things you can do to reduce the risk of getting HIV including:

Additional Resources

Learn about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's HIV prevention campaigns:

Start Talking. Stop HIV.: Encouraging gay and bisexual men to have conversations about safer sex.