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unprotected sex with my hiv + partner
Dec 27, 2004

Dr Bob,

My boyfriend and I found out we were pos in August this year. By the looks of it, we have been infected for about 5 years, which matches up with some unfortunate circumstances with my ex. We have a completley monogomous relationship, and have gotten mixed messages about having unprotected sex. Since we most likely have the same strain, can one get "more infected" by having unprotected anal sex?

Thanks much...

JJS

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi JJS,

Yes, it is possible. Read through the archives of this forum pertaining to superinfection. First off, it's dangerous to assume you "most likely have the same strain." Next, even if you were infected with the same strain five years ago, the virus can and often does mutate differently in every person due to many factors, including each person's own specific immune response to infection. Exactly how often HIV superinfection occurs remains an unresolved issue, but why take an unnecessary risk? Condoms remain recommended even among HIV-positive couples. Stay well, JJS.

Dr. Bob



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