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Herpes Hazards

Herpes Hazards


It's well documented that the chances of transmitting HIV through sexual contact climb as the level of virus in the blood and in sexual fluids rises. But a new study also shows gay and bisexual HIV-positive men face another transmission risk factor -- coinfection with herpes. Reporting in the journal AIDS, researchers in San Diego found that herpes coinfection -- regardless of whether an active outbreak was present -- was a transmission risk factor. But the odds were increased only when the HIV-positive partner had herpes and the HIV-negative partner did not; when both men or just the HIV-negative partner had herpes, transmission risks did not increase.

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