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does anal sex cause HIV?
Jul 14, 2002

Can anal sex between to men cause HIV?

Response from Mr. Kull

If both of the men engaging in anal sex with each other are not infected with HIV, then there is zero chance of transmission or infection with HIV when they have anal sex together. Some people mistakenly believe that anal sex in and of itself causes HIV or AIDS. This has more to do with the stigma associated to anal sex than with actual scientific fact. HIV is a virus that is transmitted from one person to another, and is not created through any sort of activity.

Even if you know that your partner is not infected with HIV, it is important to consider other factors when having sex with your partner. You might be at risk for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and condom use could still be a wise choice depending on your level of comfort with that partner. See my response to Concordant Couple and the posting Does anal sex "make" the HIV virus? for more information.

RMK



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