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Passing Hiv From Man To Woman

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Women and HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents A Look at the Numbers Is HIV Different for Men and Women? Treatment in HIV+ Women: Efficacy, Side Effects, and Drug Interactions Gynecological Issues in HIV+ Women Pregnancy and HIV In Conclusion A Look at the Numbers Over 25 years have passed since the first diagnosis of AIDS (Acquired ImmuneDeficiency Syndrome) in America. While there were a handful of women amongthe first cases, AIDS was thought...
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HIV+ woman having unprotected sex with HIV+ man.

Does a hiv+ woman increase the risk of a high viral load, thus jeopardizing her health, when having unprotected sex with a hiv+ man?Using condoms is not an issue for me, but my partner is saying he refuses to have sex unless it is unprotected. Is...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
With unprotected sexual intercourse, it is possible that viruses may be transmitted from one HIV positive person to another. However, the frequency with which this occurs has not been well-studied. The risk of transmission of viruses from one... Read more »

HIV- woman gets pregnant by man with AIDS

I'm involved in a situation where the woman became pregnant by a man with AIDS. So far, she has tested negative. She is due late July and I have heard that even though she is HIV- right now, that during labor/birth, she may "cross...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
The most common test used to screen for HIV infection screens for the presence of HIV antibodies in the blood. After exposure, it can take at least 6 weeks (sometimes longer), to make sufficient antibodies to be detected by the test. This is why we... Read more »

Woman->Man less common than Man->Woman?

I'm not sure if this is true (perhaps you can confirm this), but I've heardthat it's tougher for a guy to get HIV from a woman than the other wayaround, simply because the male has a lot more obvious fluid being introduced into the...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question.Generally speaking, when we're talkingabout HIV and many other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's), during eithervaginal or anal intercourse, it is easier for these diseases to betransmitted from... Read more »

how can a woman infect a man

I know that it's a low risk for an HIV+ woman to pass the virus to an HIV- heterosexual man. My question is: What exactly needs to happen for a woman to pass the virus to a man during vaginal or/and oral sex? ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,I wouldn't characterize female-to-male HIV transmission as low risk! Certainly it's lower (less efficient) than male-to-female transmission, but it's far from low risk! In fact the vast majority of men with HIV worldwide contracted... Read more »
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sex HIV-woman HIV+ man

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I have met the most wonderful man almost a year ago. We met through a friend of mine that I work with. She does not know that he is positive. It took 2 months before he told me. We have not slept together. He told me from the beginning that he... Read more »

Woman Falling in Love with an HIV+ Man

Posted by Natural, 4 Replies
This is all very new to me... I only recently found out that a man I had dated in the past, who has recently come back into my life is HIV positive. Despite the clinical information that I am able to obtain online/from counselors - can anyone offer... Read more »

HIV neg woman sex with AIDS infected man

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have a question that may sound stupid...I am an HIV neg female who had sex with my really close friend who has progressed to AIDS. I used a female condom and he used a condom as well. This is the second time this has happened and I have been... Read more »

woman to man

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
My boyfriend took the Home Access test and should get his results tomorrow. He's straight and is in great health. He says he's always used protection with the exception of one tme. HIV in our area is not common at all. What would be his chances... Read more »