Nov 1, 2009
If I already have HIV and I have sex with another HIVer, is there risk of being reinfected or having any type of double infection?
Response from Dr. McGowan
Thanks for the question.
Yes a person can get re-infected (or as we call it "super-infected). This means you could pick up a second type of HIV in addition to the one you have. There have been cases of people who have had a stable viral load for a while who suddenly have a change in pattern. Sometimes drug resistant virus could be picked up and compromise treatment. Of course this would be much less likely if both people have undetectable viral loads.
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