HIV 101: Can I Get HIV If I’m a Top?

Everyone has questions when they find out they are positive. In this series of posts, here are several of the most common, plus straightforward answers to help you navigate this new life of yours.

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

March 07 2014 5:00 AM ET

Actually, there’s some truth to the assumption that “tops” (insertive partners in anal sex) get HIV less. The insertive partner in both anal and vaginal sex is less likely to contract HIV — in the case of anal sex, “tops” have 86 percent reduction in transmission, according to a 2012 study — but that still means tops can get HIV from condomless sex.