I am living with HIV. Can I get another kind of HIV?
Yes, you can get reinfected.
Reinfection occurs when a person living with HIV gets infected a second time while having unprotected sex with another HIV infected person.
HIV reinfection is sometimes called superinfection.
If a person is reinfected, treatment may be much more complex and potentially ineffective. Eventually your viral load skyrockets and your immune system pays the price.
What should I do to prevent reinfection?
To prevent reinfection, you should always practice safe sex. Always use and insist on condom use every time you have sex.
What if I have already had unprotected sex?
If you already had unprotected sex, share your concern with your doctor about reinfection. With this information your doctor will know the next steps to be taken.