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Author Topic: Female genitalia /HIV susceptibility  (Read 3126 times)

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Offline bornfree

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Female genitalia /HIV susceptibility
« on: January 01, 2008, 06:27:58 PM »

After months of trying to educate myself further on the subject of HIV transmission, I have yet to find a concrete answer to this question:

What parts of a woman's genitalia have the type of cells that HIV is MOST likely to latch onto? (Probably all?)

In other words, provided skin is intact and disease-free, is the outer lips JUST as susceptible as the deeper walls or cervix of the vagina
if it comes in contact with HIV+ semen?
I ask because I had semen spill on my outer area, but not deep inside, at the end of protected sex involving late withdrawal.
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Offline RapidRod

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Re: Female genitalia /HIV susceptibility
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2008, 07:17:36 PM »
You had protected sex and you did not have a risk.

Offline bornfree

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Re: Female genitalia /HIV susceptibility
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2008, 07:46:46 PM »
I was hoping to get the first question answered, but if it is not an appropriate question for this forum, I understand.

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Re: Female genitalia /HIV susceptibility
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2008, 08:57:39 PM »
You're bothering yourself unnecessarily. Surface contact of the sort you have described between the vaginal lips and semen does not constitute a risk.

HIV is a fragile virus and requires a receptive setting such as inside the vagina to be transmitted. Condoms provide very effective protection. I don't see any cause for concern in the situation you have described.

Andy Velez

Offline bornfree

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Re: Female genitalia /HIV susceptibility
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2008, 05:40:43 PM »
Yet another transmission question.
I read that the urethra carries the type of cells that are vulnerable to HIV transmission.
What if some semen spilled out of a condom and ran down directly over the woman's urethra and anus after pulling out?
Can HIV penetrate the skin without getting deep the urethra and anus?

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Re: Female genitalia /HIV susceptibility
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2008, 06:08:19 PM »
Can HIV penetrate the skin without getting deep the urethra and anus?

The answer to that is NO it does not, sperm, like blood does not soak into the body, if left it dries up on the surface of the skin.

You really need to read the lessons in the Welcome Thread and follow the lesson on how HIV is and is not transmitted.

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Offline bornfree

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Re: Female genitalia /HIV susceptibility
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2008, 07:40:25 PM »
I have read the welcome thread several times in the past.
I guess I couldn't find any information on how deep into the body (vagina, urethra, anus) HIV infected body fluids have to travel
before reaching the perfect environment, membrane or cell type to cause infection. Sorry if I sound so repetitive.

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Re: Female genitalia /HIV susceptibility
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2008, 04:30:31 AM »

As a woman, the areas you need to worry about are the cervix, which is located deep within the vagina, and the lining of the anus/rectum. As long as your partner is using a condom when penetrating either of these openings, you're covered as far as hiv is concerned.

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Offline bornfree

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Re: Female genitalia /HIV susceptibility
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2008, 08:08:42 AM »
Thank you all for clarifying some information that I couldn't find myself. You've been very helpful, even with all my annoyances.


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