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
update from stubborn numbers
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.