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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:25 pm 

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This statement/study comes via "The Body." The priemere HIV educational institution. (see link below)

Woman to Man Low Risk: Heterosexual Transmission

Scientists now believe female-to-male transmission is rare. The probability of HIV-positive women infecting their male partners with the virus was found to be significantly low. "

http://www.thebody.com/content/art446.html[/i]


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:30 pm 

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In Africa, women are more likely to infect men with the HIV virus, because many men in Africa have open sores on their penis, from an already existing STD, like Syphilis.

In the west, these conditions don't really exist, because men are usually treated before the initial STD infection comes to the point of causing ulcers on the skin.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:47 am 
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Women are more biologically susceptible to STIs than men, in part due to the large surface area of mucous tissue that is vulnerable. Certainly in most Western nations, data indicate that male-to-female transmission of HIV is more of an issue than the reverse.

However, there are risks among heterosexual couples regardless of which partner has HIV. A study done with a rurual population in Uganda, for example, found little difference between female-to-male and male-to-female HIV transmission. Keep in mind that HIV distribution differs across Africa and may be influenced by factors such as how widely circumcision is done in a specific area, along with other social and biologic factors.

In the U.S., STIs are a major issue and are not evenly distributed across populations and geography. So, the HIV epidemic usually has several faces even within the same country.

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