|Are pregnant women at greater risk for transmission?
Sep 17, 1996
Hi. About 2 yrs. ago, I had a quickie (2 minute unprotected vaginal sex) with a pregnant lady prostitute in San Francisco. There were no other risky behavior before or after that. Upon recently learning of this risky behavior, I took the HIV-1, HIV-2 and p-24 tests twice in 2 separate locations. All tests came out negative. I also never had any symptoms and have always been very healthy. My questions are:1) In general, do HIV-positive pregnant women transmit the virus more easily than non-pregnant women? 2) I've heard of very rare cases when anti-bodies took more than 6 months to be produced. How would you know that you were that type of person? 3) In the absence of any more risky behaviors, should I continue testing every 2 years, or should I even consider taking the PCR test? Thanks for your advice!
| Response from Dr. Cohen
No, pregnant women do not transmit HIV more readily than non-pregnant women.
To my knowledge there has been only one such case in over 15 years. For all practical purposes, a negative HIV test six months after exposure excludes the possibility of HIV infection from that exposure.
No. You should put this episode to rest, stop getting tested, and stay safe in the future.
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