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

Choosing Your MedsChoosing Your Meds
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


mixed status couples
Apr 26, 2003

i know that the chances of passing on hiv from male to female when not using a condom are low with people who have a low viral load and the female is healthy. but what are some numbers for unprotected vaginal intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, sex while menstrating? given that the man is on meds with a viral load of less than 500 copies per million and the woman is healthy with no known std's. just some general numbers would be nice.

Response from Dr. Wohl

The numbers you want are not precisely worked out and, I fear, would be misleading.

How low a risk is low when we are talking about a uniformly fatal virus? What if I told you the risk of catching rabies (another absolutely fatal illness) was one in 500 dog bites and you were a dog handler - would you take the rabies vaccine? What if it was one in 1000 or 10,000? Would that change your mind about taking the vaccine? Not if you like living.

The risk is finite despite 'the man's' low viral load (pregnant women with undetectable viral loads have been documented to transmit HIV to their babies during birth). Menses, genital infections, type of sex, which country you live in, are just some of the variables any formula to calculate risk of transmission would have to include.

The answer? unsatisfactory but a lifesaver = get latex. DW



Previous
numbers all over the place
Next
Sharing Toothpick

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
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