Even a small risk is a great risk! Also, unprotected sex exposes
you to more than HIV. Don't forget about gonorrhea, syphllis,
chlamydia, herpes, trichomonas, yeast, gardnerella and human papilloma
virus. Some can be cured, some can't
Think of it this way; If you knew that you had a 1 in 365 chance of
getting electrocuted from turning on your bathroom light in a year...
how many times would you turn on your light?
The exact risk of contracting HIV from a woman (or man) can not be
quantified - there are too many variables.
Please don't take ANY risk - there will be no cure if you contract HIV.
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Women are at particular risk world wide. Currently in the US, one in
three new cases of HIV occur among women.
It is thought hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle can alter
the levels of membrane co-receptors for HIV, making it easier for the
virus to infect cells.
Any vaginal infections or minor ulcerations and sores can also greatly
increase the risk of becoming infected with HIV."
"Vaginal sex can transmit HIV to either the male or the female
partner, but numerous studies in developed countries have shown that
in the absence of other risk factors (like STDs) men are two to three
times more likely to transmit HIV to women than vice versa. The area
susceptible to infection is much larger in women (vagina, cervix and
uterus) than in men (head of the penis, exposed urethra). Women are
exposed to a larger quantity of infectious fluid (ejaculate) than men
(vaginal fluids). Vaginal fluids contain less HIV on the average than
semen . And women retain the secretions within the body after sex
while men are only exposed during the actual sex act."
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Just practice universal precautions, as health care workers do:
Assume everyone may be infected and do not practice safe sex.
I hope I you don't feel lectured to! The thought of someone dying of
HIV from one sexual encounter upsets me! And one encounter CAN do it!
Regards, Crabcakes (a health care professional)