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Sep 15, 2004

In a question posted Sept. 8, 2004, Sharon answered a question about a woman who had been having unprotected sex with her HIV neg. husband for five years, saying that the male was at a lower risk and possibly the woman had a low viral count that helped in her husband not getting infected. I've heard from reputable people in the field that 99% of the time in situations like this the male will not get infected. Do you have any stats on this and is this a true number? I can understand you would not want this to be widely known if it is the case, because then people will think it safe and not use protection. Still, I'd like to hear what the research shows. Thank you for your help.

Response from Dr. Lee

No that is not a true number. There are no clear statistics on this issue. Check with the CDC. However, as with any other stat, if you are the one out of one hundred to have either the good or bad luck predicted by any statistics, it doesn't really matter to you that 99 others had the opposite results. Therefore, SAFER SEX! Do not assume safety.

Be well.


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