how can this be?

Question

Are the tissue compositions of the vagina and anus different???

How can women be raped, or having sex after being re-married and already having kids, or having children by different fathers (as a woman I work with) and yet don't hear anything about them now being positive?

I heard that you can get it by mixing of the blood so how can this be possible ....or are they on meds & those statistics are not publiclly known?

Answer

Hi The tissues are generally the same. As for HIV transmission it can occur at anytime but not everytime. It only takes one time. HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon