Some guys choose their sex partners based on HIV status. This is called “sero-sorting.”

HIV status can also be a factor in whether guys use other strategies like condoms, PrEP, or undetectable viral load. Sero-sorting seems simple in concept, but in practice it’s not so clear cut.

For HIV-Negative Guys

Some HIV-negative guys think it’s a good idea to only have sex with other HIV-negative guys, but this is generally not an effective approach to preventing HIV transmission. There are some guys who believe they are HIV-negative, and don’t know that they have undiagnosed HIV.

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For HIV-Positive Guys

Some HIV-positive guys may decide to only have sex with other guys who know they are HIV-positive. There are a few things to keep in mind about sero-sorting for poz guys.

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