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Infectious dz concerns - mixed couple
Jul 5, 2002

I am a very healthy HIV neg female in a non-sexual relationship with an otherwise healthy HIV+ heterosexual man, are there any health concerns I should have regarding illnesses he could pass on to me (i.e. hepatitis, TB,...) by being intimate but not sexual? How should I protect myself if I am vulnerable to any of these? Thank you for your time and all you do for this wonderful website!

Response from Dr. Aberg

It depends on what the "other illnesses" are. Tuberculosis (TB) is transmitted via respiratory secretions not from sexual contact. If your partner gets TB, you would need to be tested to see if you were exposed or infected. Hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) are transmitted through blood. HBV is more likely to be transmitted sexually than HCV. So, you do not want to share anything that may be contamininated with blood products such as razors or toothbrush. Hepatitis A is transmitted through fecal-oral contamination most often through contaminated food products.

Other diseases one should be concerned about are other sexually transmitted diseases. If you are practicing safer sex techniques then you should not be at risk or reduced risk for chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, etc. I suggest you check with your doctor or local public health for booklets on these subjects.

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