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Offline berto

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How hard is it to contract HIV from a person getting treatment?
« on: February 11, 2009, 07:52:45 PM »
I was distracted by a circulating email way back before saying.... there was a man who discovered his wife has HIV 6 months and they were having unprotected sex for a year. He got tested several times and still came up negative. His wife had a count of around 80,000 copies per ml of blood. She is now at undetectable levels meaning she might be less than 100 copies per ml of blood.

It seems strange how did that happen? Given this condition, what are my chances of contacting from her if they start having unprotected sex again? I thought having unprotected sex is a sure shot to get a HIV infection from an infected partner. it turns out it doesn't work that way around for this case..

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Re: How hard is it to contract HIV from a person getting treatment?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2009, 07:53:59 PM »
We can't even try to guess at the risk. Having a low viral load means that the blood that was tested showed low levels.

Be mindful that semen levels are never measured in routine follow up.

Measuring viral load in blood is common, semen-not so. If you're getting information that semen levels and blood levels translate exactly, I'd be wary. As a health care professional who's worked in the HIV field for years-I KNOW THAT SEMEN LEVELS ARE NOT ROUTINELY TESTED, therefore, comparing the levels is not possible.

When a HIV positive person is ill, say for instance from the FLU and viral load is tested-more virus is detected in the blood at that time. That some may be the FLU virus is not determined-only viruses are counted.

This is all to say that the viral load is a good diagnostic test-to place where one may be in the progression of the disease. It's not to determine the risk of exposure-especially repeated exposure.

There is no way to determine WHEN the H I Viruses migrate to certain parts of the body. We do know that HIV is harbored and may replicate in body organs.

Unfortunately, unprotected sex should not be an option in even a loving relationship. There's already risk there, decrease it rather than increase it.

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Re: How hard is it to contract HIV from a person getting treatment?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2009, 07:55:53 PM »
The risk is very low if the amount of HIV can not be detected. Means she has been taking good care, and that she has to go on with her treatment, and that it is suiting her. She has to keep her regular controls.

However the risk is not none at all. Don't have unprotected sex with her mainly because her virus can change and "find a way to fool the treatment" and increase its load in her blood.

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