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hiv anal sex
Jan 9, 2010

How many times can a person have unprotected anal sex before becoming hiv positive?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

That's analogous to saying how many times can someone pull the trigger playing Russian Roulette before he blows his brains out! If you're unlucky enough, you could splatter your cerebellum against the wall with a single pull. Similarly, a single episode of unprotected anal sex with an HIV-positive partner could result in HIV transmission. Certainly HIV transmission doesn't occur with every first-time barebacker, but that doesn't' mean it couldn't happen to you on your first time. Bottom line: Protect your bottom (and your top) by using condoms for penetrative sex. The old adage, "better safe than sorry," definitely applies.

Stay safe. Stay well.

Dr. Bob



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