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Aug 27, 2011

I'm a female been HIV positive for a year and some months now I'm undetectable. I wanted to know can I still pass it while having unprotected sex with my boyfriend they know I'm HIV positive.

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello.

Yes, it is possible to transmit HIV, even if you have a plasma HIV quantitative RNA viral load that is undetectable. Latex condoms for all penetrative sex are recommended. It's worth noting that your viral load could spike up due to a wide variety of causes, including intercurrent illnesses, vaccinations, noncompliance with medications, development of drug resistance, etc. Also, the HIV viral load in your cervical-vaginal secretions could be different than your blood plasma viral load.

Dr. Bob



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