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HIV TRANSMISSION: SEX WITH INFECTED PARTNER

by admin - March 27th, 2009.
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It is estimated that with a single anal or genital sexual contact with an infected partner, the average risk of becoming infected is roughly 1 in 300. The risk may be as high as 1 in 10, however, if an infected partner is at a more infectious stage, as described previously. No reliable statistics are available for oral sexual transmission, although cases of transmission have been reported as a result of both giving and receiving oral sex. Although these numbers are lower than many people may have thought, they should not lead anyone to think, “Well, the risk is low, so I don’t have to worry.” As has been demonstrated many times during the epidemic, a person can become infected from a single act of unprotected intercourse with an infected partner.

A person who discovers that a previous or current partner is infected with HIV should not assume that he or she, too, is infected. Testing is the only way to know whether or not a person is infected. Similarly, if one person in the relationship is tested for HIV the results reveal nothing about the other partner’s HIV status. People often assume that if they have been together for a while with a person who is tested and is found to be HIV negative, then they are also HIV negative and don’t need to be tested. This is not true. Both partners must be tested six or more months after any other sexual contacts or exposure to risk factors, be found to be HIV negative, and remain mutually monogamous to know that they are free of HIV.

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