HIV transmissions are hard to estimate

by Liza on Aug. 05th, 2008

Researchers at the International AIDS Conference sifted through published papers on the risk of heterosexual HIV transmission. They say that while a popular estimate pegs the rate of HIV transmission through heterosexual sex at 1 per 1000 contacts, true rates of infectivity are all over the map and dependent on many variables. The infectivity rate for certain sorts of activities is much, much higher-- as high as 1 in 3 contacts. The take away message? "Claims in both the popular media and the peer-reviewed literature that HIV is very difficult to transmit heterosexually are dangerous in any context where the possibility of HIV exposure exists."

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Liza says:

Also posted today: a microbicide gel intended to protect women from HIV transmission may protect men as well.

posted on Tue, 08/05/2008 - 12:24pm
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Anonymous says:

They neglected to show the rate of transmission via homesexual sex.

posted on Thu, 08/21/2008 - 1:31pm
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Anonymous says:

It is hard for people with HIV to tell their partners they have HIV face to face. The std dating site has the e-card feature. But few members outside of the website used it.

posted on Thu, 11/06/2008 - 12:18am

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