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If I have HIV, can I get another STI?
One of the greatest concerns, in both the spread of HIV and living with the virus, is co-infection with other
STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections). Genital herpes, for example, greatly increases the risk of contracting HIV. Similarly, co-infection with Hepatitis B or C can increase the likelihood of HIV-related illness. It is important to remember that there is no “quota of infections” and that being open to one means the individual was open to whatever else may have been present.
If there is co-infection, treatment for both (or all) is important. Treatment for genital herpes, for example, can actually delay the onset of illness from HIV. Make sure you talk to your doctor or healthcare provider to know all your treatment options.
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