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intercourse with hiv infectedThe Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions
Jan 31, 1997

this web sight is one of the most valuable and informative sights around. when you have intercourse with an hiv infected person, does that mean that you will get aids, or does it mean you have only been exposed to it and could possibly get aids.

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question and comment. If you have unprotected sex with an infected person (either through intercourse or giving oral sex), you are putting yourself at risk of getting HIV. If the HIV virus enters your bloodstream, then you would be infected. If it doesn't get into your bloodstream, then you will not get the infection. You can have sex just one time and get infected. Or you can have sex 100 times and still not get infected. But the more times you put yourself at risk, the greater the chance of infection there will be. So it's not a guarantee that even if you have unprotected sex with an infected person, that you will get the infection. If you don't get HIV, you will not get AIDS. You can only get AIDS if you get infected with HIV first. And remember, HIV will not lead to AIDS until an average of 10 years after infection. In summary, if you are exposed to HIV, but the HIV virus does not get into your bloodstream, then you will not get infected and you will not get AIDS. But the more times you get exposed to HIV, the greater the chance that you will get infected.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).



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