So to know if you’ve been exposed, you need to answer two questions: first, is there HIV present? This may seem obvious, but it’s really important to remember — you can’t get HIV from someone who doesn’t have it in their system.
What this really means is that in order for you to be exposed to HIV, the other person who could be exposing you to it needs to have it.
There are a lot of ways to protect yourself against becoming infected with HIV, and your partner has many treatment options that can help him contend with his new chronic condition — and protect you in the process.
First of all, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page about HIV. That’s because this virus interferes with your immune system, weakening it so that it can’t fight diseases that enter your body and try to take hold and make you sick.
The main ones are having unprotected sex (we’ll get to protection tools later) with someone who has HIV and sharing needles with someone living with HIV when you inject drugs.