One purpose of communication between partners is to share understanding. It helps to give a realistic expectations & more holistic picture of the relationship. Here are four steps to achieve an effective communication.
1. Be approaching, disarm yourself, open up space for exchange thoughts and feelings
2. Understand your own feelings, desires & values and honestly reveal yourself to your partner(s)
3. Listen to your partner(s) and handle your emotions with peace. Empathize with your partner(s), and be open to learn a new perspective about your partner(s) unconditionally
4. Clarify misconceptions and identify reasons for conflicts for the growth of the relationship
Sexual health is an essential part of the communication between partners. Personal sexual health includes physical health, sex knowledge, gender or sexual orientation, and sexual preference, etc. Sexual health in a relationship includes the right and power in the relationship, sexual pleasure, communication, mode of relationship, etc. Partners can reveal their unique needs and satisfy each other through consensus.
Partners should understand their own sexual health. One simplest way is to have regular STIs & HIV testing. Other than knowing your and your partner(s)’ health condition, you can also learn more about sexual health status under the guidance of our testing workers with professional counselling experience.
AIDS Concern provides personal and partner STIs & HIV rapid testing service. It is confidential and anonymous in order to protect the privacy of testing users. You can know your sexual health status by 20 minutes (A complete testing service with counselling lasts for 40 minutes). “Shall We Talk” one-to-one counseling service is also available to those who need advanced sexual health counseling.
If you are aware of your HIV infection at an early stage, you can greatly reduce the adverse impacts of the infection by timely follow-up & medical treatment. People who are living with HIV (PLHIV) can maintain their personal life such as employment, social and intimate relationship(s) just like before. PLHIV supporting team of AIDS Concern can provide immediate guidance to you and whom you value.
PLHIV have the rights of keeping intimate & sexual relationship(s). With high adherence to HIV treatment that can maintain the viral load under “undetectable” level and together with other HIV prevention methods (such as correct usage of condom as a physical barrier to infectious body fluid), the transmission risk can be highly reduced. It is crucial that within any kind of relationship, we show understanding, empathy, and supports to PLHIV.