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Can I get AIDS in a hot tub?

Last week, I had sex with my new girlfriend…she said she’s a virgin and hasn’t been tested. We were in the bathtub and used a condom. After we had sex, I took the condom off and fingered her in the water. My penis was also under the water. If my girlfriend is HIV-positive, could I get HIV from being in the tub with her? Can HIV survive underwater? Also, do condoms provide the same level of safety underwater?

I found HIV meds in my partner’s house. How do I talk to him about HIV?

I’ve been dating a young man for three months. We’ve had sex with a condom, and we perform oral sex on each other. Recently, I found prescriptions for drugs relating to HIV (Epivir, Norvir, Fortovase). My last HIV test a few months ago came back negative...but should I be concerned about contracting AIDS from my partner, and how do I approach him with this? Also, what are the necessary steps to find out whether I have been exposed?

How do you get HIV?

I want to be safe, but I don’t really know what to do. How do you get HIV? How do you prevent it?

How HIV spread?

I want to know how HIV spread.