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Risk of Unprotected sex Between HIV+ Persons
Jul 9, 2001

What is the risk to each person of unprotected sex between two persons who are both HIV+?

Response from Mr. Kull

There is no definite answer to your question, but some research suggests that an HIV infected person can become "reinfected" or "super-infected" with another strain of HIV. This is of particular concern because getting reinfected with a strain of HIV that is resistant to certain medications may cause the person who was reinfected to fail on medications that previously worked for him. There are also some concerns that reinfection may accelerate an infected person's progression to AIDS.

Please read my previous response to "What are the risks for us?" (http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Archive/TransmissionSexual/Q9770.qna) for more information on your question.

RMK



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