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Can I get human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from vaginal sex?

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Either partner can get HIV through vaginal sex. A woman can get the virus through the tissue that lines her vagina and cervix. The virus can get into a man through the opening of his penis or through a small cut or sore on it.

Effective HIV drugs (antiretroviral therapy) will greatly reduce the chances that an HIV infected person can give HIV to his/her partner in this way. However, even when HIV drugs are used, use a condom to cut your chances of the virus passing between you, as well as getting any other sexually transmitted infections.

From: How Do You Catch HIV? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AIDS.gov: "How Do You Get HIV or AIDS?"

CDC: "HIV Transmission."

The Foundation for AIDS Research: "Basic Facts About HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on August 23, 2019

SOURCES:

AIDS.gov: "How Do You Get HIV or AIDS?"

CDC: "HIV Transmission."

The Foundation for AIDS Research: "Basic Facts About HIV/AIDS."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on August 23, 2019

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