Healthy, Happy and Hot: A guide to your rights, sexuality & living with HIV

Every person living with HIV is entitled to these rights and they are necessary for the development and wellbeing of all people and the societies in which they live. Young people living with HIV may feel that sex is just not an option, but don’t worry – many young people living with HIV live healthy, fun, happy and sexually fulfilling lives. You can too, if you want to! Things get easier (and sex can get even better!) as you become more comfortable with your status. This guide aims to provide you with practical information, so that you can make informed decisions about who, where, when, and how you have sex. It explores how your human rights and sexual wellbeing are related and suggests strategies to help you make decisions about dating, relationships, sex and parenthood.

This guide helps you to:

→ understand the links between sex, intimacy and wellbeing

→ express and enjoy your sexuality

→ experience sexual pleasure

→ decide if, when, and how to disclose your HIV status

→ consider your safety and security when disclosing your HIV status

→ understand what it means to be “undetectable”

→ practise safer sex

→ take care of your sexual health

→ understand what a healthy relationship looks like

→ choose if, when, how many, and with whom to have children

→ access support and services that respect your health, dignity, autonomy, privacy and wellbeing