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      #61743 - 03/27/03 03:52 PM

If a woman have unprotected sex whit a man that is known to be HIV+ - is it true that it is easier for her to get infected if she has her period at the time?


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      #61808 - 03/28/03 05:15 AM

i am not sure but i have read the answer to that question question before as - yes.

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      #61815 - 03/28/03 12:13 PM

No it isn't true.

It can increase the odds of a man becoming infected if the woman is infected and he doesn't use protection. Again, this is because the blood from a woman's period does not come directly from the bloodstream. It is the lining that gets built up and then is shed from the uterus each month. It's not like we have some vein or artery open up each month and therefore would have an open path to the bloodstream. The mucus membranes in the vagina remain intact.

Below is a Q&A from off the Safe Sex and Prevention Forum.

I had sex with a male whom I think is HIV + while I was on my period. Can I get HIV while I'm on my period? Are my risk greater of contracting HIV?

Having unprotected sex during your period will not increase or decrease the likelihood of YOU becoming infected. HIV infected fluids are still (theoretically) coming into contact with your mucous membranes. The presence of menstrual blood during sexual contact is only significant if: 1) the person having their period is HIV+, and 2) an uninfected person's mucous membranes come into contact with the HIV infected blood.

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