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Sep 6, 2006

Is the number of partners taken as a risk factor for getting HIv? Can you be infected entirely by just one partner ,and what are the chances?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Can you be "infected entirely by just one partner?" absolutely. That's like asking if you can win the lottery with just one ticket. Of course you can!

Each unprotected sexual experience with an HIV-infected partner carries the same estimated statistical risk. That's like playing roulette and always betting on "lucky number 7." Each time the roulette wheel spins, you have exactly the same chance (odds) that your lucky number will win.

The number-of-partners issue is analogous to the number of lottery tickets you buy or roulette spins you bet on.

Hope that helps clarify things for you.

Dr. Bob



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