Sep 17, 2006
Looking through the archives, I don't know which dr. could answer my question.
If one partner transmitted hiv to the other partner, would the virus be the same if examined?
Also can you tell by the virus how old it is? How long they've been infected?
Response from Dr. Young
yes, both partners should have virus with the same genetic pattern- genotypic tests (though not intended to do this) would show similar (if not identical) patterns.
That said, one cannot infer the length of time of infection from these tests.
I hope this helps. BY
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