|HIV with your wife (sex with uninfected person)
Feb 12, 1998
Can the HIV verus developed within an hetero couple who has been together and sexualy faithfull for ten years and pratice vaginal, anal and oral sex. Both of us have been tested negative 8 years ago.
| Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Hi. Thank you for your question. Many people incorrectly believe that just having sex will give you a disease like HIV/AIDS. The fact is, sex by itself is not what gives you an infectious disease. It is having unprotected sex WITH AN INFECTED PERSON that makes unprotected sex risky, as far as HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are concerned. If you have unprotected sex with an uninfected person, you are at no risk whatsoever for HIV and other STDs. But, if you have unprotected sex with a person who is infected with HIV or other STDs, then you would be at risk of infection.
Likewise, many people incorrectly believe that just sharing needles will give you a disease like HIV/AIDS. The fact is, sharing needles by itself is not what gives you an infectious disease. It is sharing needles WITH AN INFECTED PERSON that makes needle-sharing risky, as far as HIV and other bloodborne diseases are concerned. If you share needles with an uninfected person, you are at no risk whatsoever for HIV and other bloodborne diseases. But, if you share needles with a person who is infected with HIV or other bloodborne diseases, then you would be at risk of infection.
In summary, if you have sex or share needles with an uninfected person, no matter what you do with them, you will not be at any risk of getting infected. If two uninfected people do not put themselves at risk (sexually, through needle-sharing, etc.), then they would not be at any risk of being infected.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).
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