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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

The Centers for Disease Control is reporting it has been notified by the Houston department of Health that a 46 year old woman "likely acquired" HIV during a six-month monogamous relationship with a HIV-positive woman.

The details of the case are published in the CDC's Morbidity and Morality Weekly report. 

The woman was infected with a strain that was virtually identical to her partners.  It  had a 98% genetic match.

According to the report by the CDC "the potential for HIV transmission by female to female sexual contact includes unprotected exposure to vaginal or other body fluids and to flood from menstruation, or to exposure to blood from trauma during rough sex."

The originally uninfected partner is said to have had a history of heterosexual intercourse, but not in the last 10 years before the HIV infection.   She also had none of the high risk behaviors associated with HIV within the last 5 years.  

Those include:

  • Injection drug use (IDU)
  • Heterosexual sex
  • Tattooing
  • Acupuncture
  • Piercing
  • Transplants
  • Transfusions

According to the CDC report the likely source of the 46 year old woman's HIV infection was her 43 year old female sex partner.  She tested positive for HIV in 2008 and had stopped taking antiretroviral drugs in 2010.

Additional Links:

CDC: Morbidity and Morality Weekly report

CDC: Fact Sheets on HIV/AIDS

CDC: HIV/AIDS Women Risks

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