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HIGH VIRAL LOAD
Apr 30, 2006

What would you recommend to a person who is recently infected and has a high viral load to prevent infection to others

1- Would you recommend using double condom? 2- Would you recommend no kissing with tongue? 3- Would you recommend no sharing drinks with friends?

Thanks

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

1) Nope

2) Nope

3) Nope

The recommendations to prevent transmission of HIV are the same, no matter what the viral load level happens to be. Those recommendations do not include any of the three things you list in your post. In fact, "double-bagging" may actually increase the risk of condom failure! Spend some time reviewing the basic HIV-prevention guidelines readily available on this site and related links.

Dr. Bob



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