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Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination

Massachusetts And HIV Partner Laws

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Get the Facts
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Transgender Health and HIV

...collection -- a label that may not accurately reflect their gender identity or sexual orientation. For example, one study found that the majority of MTF in the study sample identified as heterosexual and had biologically male sex partners. The general lack of inclusion of gender-variance variables in health surveys makes collecting true estimates of the transgender population and the transgender HIV positive population that much more...
Ask the Experts

possible hiv transmission from hiv+ person with condom being the bottom

I am 20 years old. Last night I had protected anal sex with a guy who is HIV+. I was the bottom and he was the top. I found out after we had sex that he was HIV+ and he said his viral load is undetectable (not sure what that means). I am almost...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...should't be a major concern if you remember to always follow Dr. Bob's Two Cardinal Rules:Cardinal Rule #1: Consider all sexual partners could be HIV positive and take all the necessary precautions to prevent transmission of the virus (and other... Read more »

how can he be HIV positive?

Dear Robert,My partner has been tested HIV positive (ELISA & Western Blot)in May 2010. He is 29 yeras old. His CD4 count is 294. I am tested negative. We have been married for 2.5 years now and have had unprotected sex many times. Our doctor has...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...your HIV-negative status. It is indeed possible you remained HIV negative despite having unprotected sex with an HIV-positive partner. Remember, not every HIV exposure leads to HIV transmission (thankfully!). You can find many testimonials of... Read more »

Reinfection risk in HIV+ Partners with same viral strain (REINFECTION, SUPERINFECTION, 2009)

Hi. My partner and I were both diagnosed with HIV this past week. We are pretty sure we know where it came from and then it was given to the other partner. My question is, Would having unprotected sex be a risk for reinfection if we both of us have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...undetectable levels for greater than six months without concurrent STDs) HIVers would not transmit the virus to HIV-negative partners. This story was highly criticized, as it was merely observations drawn form looking at the results of select... Read more »

RE. Any chance Doctor knows?

Dear Dr Bob.I took your advice and changed my Gp he said it is impossible to have hiv and have antibody tests performed at 17, 64, 86, 210, days all neg plus throw in the fact thegirl involved had a 3 month neg.The Doctor said no way it would miss a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...after unprotected sex only to be retested at 7 months only to be given all clear. Can this happen to people with hiv? 3. My partner wants to have a baby, I have been wearing condoms since event trying to protect her. Is it ok to let them roam... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sexual Mixing Patterns and Partner Characteristics of Black MSM in Massachusetts at Increased Risk for HIV Infection and Transmission

...HIV infection compared with other MSM. To explore possible reasons for this, the authors investigated sexual mixing patterns, partner characteristics and risk behaviors among black MSM. Between January and July 2008, researchers enrolled 197... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

The Feminization of an Epidemic

...not knowing how they contracted HIV, which likely indicates that women may not necessarily know the risk status of their male partners. 6 A commonly-described phenomenon in the African American community, which may place black women at... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...including: Limited access to health care due to lack of insurance and/or transportation Unstable housing Fear of partner (domestic) violence Other responsibilities such as child care or caring for a sick partner ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV/AIDS Among Hispanics/Latinos

...most likely to be infected with HIV as a result of sexual contact with men. Hispanic/Latina women may be unaware of their male partner's risk factors or incorrectly assess them. In five different studies of US gay and bisexual men,... Read more »
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Massachusetts laws

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...told him he could get in trouble for not telling her. He said he is doing nothing wrong, he always uses condoms. And he said Massachusetts does not prosecute for this. I looked up Mass Laws and they have no formal policy on this even though... Read more »

Brothre w/ HIV and disclosure

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...scared, but now I am so worried about her and also can he get in trouble with the law? I checked with our health department in Massachusetts and they told me it is up to everyone to protect theirselves and not take someone's word. Is this true?... Read more »

Incidence of women getting HIV

Posted by Anonymous
...women have been getting infected through sex than drug use. According to the data, the number of women getting HIV from sexual partners not known to have risk factors for the disease has risen to more than 40 percent of all cases among females,... Read more »

Is HIV re-infection possible?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...The Positive Partners Superinfection Study Positive Partners Superinfection Study This study is looking to answer some questions that many positive Read more »