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Author Topic: Cross infection  (Read 1143 times)

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Offline Mike_Roswell

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Cross infection
« on: January 02, 2012, 11:33:32 AM »
I'm newly diagnosed with HIV as of July 2011.  Several of my poz buddies bareback.  I know you're exposing yourself to several STD's by doing this, however can you also expose yourself to getting another strain of HIV?  Become co-infected. Be super-infected by going bareback while having anal sex.  There seems to be conflicting stories about this from my friends.  Are the meds we're taking for HIV a prophylactic in preventing us from getting reinfected?
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Offline jkinatl2

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Re: Cross infection
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2012, 12:08:44 PM »
There are maybe a handful of cases where it is suspected that different strains of HIV were acquired after infection. In almost all cases, these happened very soon after the initial infection. And even then, there is huge controversy whether these events can legitimately be considered as anything but statistical anomalies.

Oh, you can get syphilis, chlamydia, herpes, all sorts of other STDs. But worrying about HIV reinfection or superinfection is like worrying about a meteor smacking you in the head while you watch television.

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Offline leatherman

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Re: Cross infection
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2012, 08:40:53 PM »
all of the cases of re-infection/super-infection dealt with people who had elevated (>50k) viral loads (they were either not on medications yet or had gone non-complient to their regimens).

If it was possible for those with very low or UD viral loads to transmit HIV to one another by now (30 yrs into the epidemic and coming up on 2 decades of HAART) we'd be seeing hundreds of cases of treatment failure - but that's just not happening.

Besides, you hit on a vital point. HAART acts as both pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylactics ;)
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