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HIV prevention by pills - PrEp and PEP

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While HIV remains incurable, there are ways to reduce the possibility of catching the infection before an exposure to HIV virus has happened and even after a possible exposure. These medication courses are known as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) respectively.

HIV Testing - Everything you want to know

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Had unprotected sex and now worried about HIV? No matter what your friends say, only a test for HIV can put your stressed mind at peace. Love Matters India brings you all the details on HIV testing.

Bachelor party horror: How paid sex cost me Syphilis

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What is it like to get a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) in a culture where sex itself is a taboo? Twenty-year-old Amit from Ranchi decided to lose his virginity to a sex worker. What happened thereafter made him almost suicidal...

Lehenga check, shervani check, what about STDs?

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The right partner, the best fitting lehenga, the most awesome venue and a perfect honeymoon location. We plan a zillion things to get everything right for our D-Day. But do we ever check if our partners are sexually healthy? Shreya tells Love Matters India's Arpit Chikkara how she and Vishesh prepared for a happy married life by getting themselves checked for STDs.

Sex work in India: Top five facts

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Ever wondered if sex work (prostitution) is legal in India? Or could your friend, who visited a sex worker last night, find himself in jail? Love Matters gets you a low down on the laws on sex work in India.

Can I date an HIV+ person?

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Auntyji, I’ve been dating a girl. We get on really well and it’s almost reached that next level. But I have just found out that her ex was HIV+. I am terrified now. What if she is too? Can I really continue in this relationship? Samarth, 24 , Mumbai.

No condom, no sex: The story of a Mumbai sex worker

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Do safe sex rights apply to a sex worker? Amrita*, a 27-year old sex worker from Mumbai, tells us about her brush with harassment, that stumbled her on to the path of understanding her rights.

Uncomfortable down there: A quick low-down on everyday STIs

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Have you been itching? Literally itching, but haven't spoken to anyone because you are too shy. The good news is that most STIs are easily treated. Here are five most common STIs - their causes, symptoms and cures.