Why HIV Spreads Less Easily In Heterosexual Couples

in 2014, Manash Sager, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Medicine
July 10th, 2014

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Manish Sagar, School of Medicine

HIV is sexist. A woman is twice as likely to catch the virus from an infected partner in a heterosexual relationship than a man is. And homosexual men are at even greater risk. They’re more than 20 times as likely to get infected from an HIV-positive partner than partners in a heterosexual relationship…

Expert quote:

“You could envision a vaccine that weakens the virus in chronically infected people and needed to be administered only once. Their disease isn’t weakened, but their virus is weakened. So when they have sexual contact, the chance of transmission is lowered.”

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