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Risk Of Hiv In Lesbian Women

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The Well Project

Myths About HIV

...viral loads. Myths About HIV Transmission The myth: "Straight people don't get HIV." The reality: The majority of HIV-positive people worldwide are straight (heterosexual). Men infect women, and women infect men. Risk is not about labels, it is about behavior. Any person who has unprotected sex with someone whose HIV status is not definitely known is at risk for HIV. The myth: "I'm safe because I'm in a monogamous...
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Lesbians and HIV

Hi there,My partner is HIV-pos and living with AIDS. She tested positive before we got together and has always been honest with me about it. I am in love and we practice the safest sex we know, but are frustrated about the facts. I went to get...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV-positive partner's viral genotype.We do know that female-to-female sexual practices are generally associated with lower risk of HIV transmission, but cases such as the one published above have been reported. The exact incidence is difficult... Read more »

Lesbians and most recent stats on HIV risk

I am looking for the most recent information on HIV transmission in the lesbian community. I have heard that there have been only a few confirmed cases.
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...HIV is possible. In fact, woman-to-womansexual transmission of HIV has already been reported in the medicalliterature. The risk of HIV transmission between women is lower than HIVtransmission between men, and between men and women. We cannot... Read more »

Lesbians, Vaginal Secretions and HIV Risk

Greetings Dr. Bob,I have yet to come across a post made by a lesbian to this board, so here's my contribution. On December 27, 2002, I had contact with a woman (ok, a stripper!) of unknown HIV status. While I did use my finger to explore her...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...get any questions. Maybe your question will spark some interest; although, the answer is really rather straightforward. Your risk of HIV transmission from the finger play, and a vaginal fluid coated nipple nosh, is essentially nonexistent. Even a... Read more »

Lesbian x HIV

I'm lesbian and I'd like to know which probabilities to acquire HIV/AIDS, keeping sexual relation with other women?Thanks.
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
...important not to share sex toys and to use dental dams or other oral protection during oral sex. Although there is a reduced risk of transmission, it is still possible for HIV to be transmitted through woman-to-woman contact.Be careful, be well. Read more »
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Gay Men's Health Crisis

Lesbians at Risk for HIV, GMHC Report Shows

...more deeply into communities of women and take into account the context of their lives." The report underscores the range of risks that lesbians could face in contracting HIV which are directly related to experiences and behaviors, and not... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sexual Partner Concurrency and Sexual Risk Among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender American Indian/Alaska Natives

...American Indian and Alaska Natives were analyzed to study the prevalence of concurrency, sex and race of partners, and level of risk across different partnership patterns. "Egocentric network data were analyzed at the level of respondents, who... Read more »
The Well Project

Domestic Violence and HIV

...result of rape or sexual abuse. If a woman uses drugs, alcohol, or sex to escape the pain of prior abuse, she may be at increased risk of getting infected due to shared needles, unprotected sex, or impaired judgment. Many women with HIV have a... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sexual Risk Factors Among Self-Identified Lesbians, Bisexual Women, and Heterosexual Women Accessing Primary Care Settings

... Few data are available on the sexual behaviors of women of diverse sexual orientations in a low-risk population. The researchers undertook the present study to evaluate sexual behaviors of women of all sexual orientations in primary Read more »
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woman to woman transmission???

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...women to transmit the virus amoung eachother. I am aware oral sex is pretty safe, and not many cases have been reported between lesbians becoming infected this way, but what about shareing sex toys. If I use a dildo on myself, and the girl I am... Read more »

Poz magazine sanctions that HIV is a gay disease

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...that many including the Gay & Lesbian Center had argued marginalized victims and made it hard to reach others who were at risk, including thousands of minority women who have become infected in recent years. The ads have stunned some in... Read more »

Poz magazine sanctions that HIV is a gay disease

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...disease." ADVERTISEMENTWith that message and the tag line "Own It. End It" on billboards and in magazines, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center says it is trying to reach legions of gay men who have become complacent about HIV and AIDS. The... Read more »

Bush ignores HIV prevention methods that work

Posted by bradford, 2 Replies
...transmitted diseases. Promoting condoms does not promote sexual activity. Individuals who engage in sex without a condom are at risk of being infected with HIV or multiple HIV exposures, putting themselves and others at risk of HIV infection.... Read more »