March 2012: Sex Talk

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March 2012: Sex Talk

Last year, a study known as HPTN 052 proved that treating HIV-positive people with an effective antiretroviral drug regimen (one that lowers their viral load to an undetectable level for at least six months) reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to HIV-negative sexual partners by 96 percent. We'd like our HIV-positive readers to take our confidential survey and let us know if--and how--this new scientific insight has affected your mind-set and/or sexual relations.
 
1. What is your relationship status?
Single and/or dating (skip to question 4)
In a committed, monogamous relationship
In an open relationship
 
2. If you are in a relationship, how long have you been with your partner/spouse?
Less than one month
1-3 months
3-6 months
6 months-1 year
1-3 years
3-7 years
More than 7 years
 
3. Is your partner/spouse also HIV positive?
Yes
No
I don't know
 
4. How many sexual partners have you had in the past year?
None
1
2
3-5
6-10
More than 10
 
5. Are you aware that treatment can lower the risk of HIV transmission?
Yes
No
 
6. Are you currently on antiretroviral treatment?
Yes
No
 
7. Is the idea that treatment can lower HIV transmission an incentive for going on or adhering to treatment?
Yes
No
 
8. If you are on treatment, has your viral load been undetectable for at least six months?
Yes
No (skip to question 14)
I don't know (skip to question 14)
 
9. Do the results of HPTN 052 make you worry less about transmitting HIV to an HIV-negative sexual partner?
Yes
No
 
10. Do you think that if you're considered significantly less contagious because of effective treatment then people will feel more comfortable around you?
Yes
No
 
11. Do you think that if you're considered significantly less contagious because of effective treatment then people will be more willing to have sex with you?
Yes
No
 
12. Do the results of HPTN 052 affect whether or not you disclose your HIV status to a new sexual partner?
Yes
No
 
13. Do the results of HPTN 052 make you less likely to use a condom?
Yes
No
 
14. How often do you use condoms?
Always
Occasionally
Never
It depends on whom I'm sleeping with
 
15. What year were you born?
 
16. What is your gender?
Male
Female
Transgender
Other
 
17. What is your sexual orientation?
Straight
Gay/Lesbian
Bisexual
Other
 
18. What is your ethnicity (Check all that apply.)
American Indian or Alaska Native
Arab or Middle Eastern
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
White
(please specify) 
 
19. What is your zip code?



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