Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: TheBodyPRO.com Covers AIDS 2014
   
Ask the Experts About

Women and HIVWomen and HIV
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


Transmission from infected woman to uninfected man.
Mar 22, 2000

I have been told that transmission of the virus is much harder from a woman to a man. Is this true. I know that there is supposed to be a concentration of the virus in fluids and menstrual fluids. But, also, what about a person in my situation: my vl is below detectable on a 50 copy test, my cd4 count is 670, and cd4 is at 47%. Wouldn't transmission risk be very low? What about with or without condoms? Obviously much safer with condoms.

Response from Dr. Sullivan

Recent studies suggest that viral load is the strongest predictor of heterosexual transmission rather than gender. Having an undetectable viral load is associated with a low but not 0 risk of transmission. You should always use condoms and follow safe sex practices to ensure the lowest risk for transmission. John L. Sullivan, M.D.


Previous
viral load differences in men and women
Next
why are women's viral loads different from men's?

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


 
 
Advertisement




Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement