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Unprotected sex during pregnancy may increase HIV transmission to babies.

Authors
  • Vazquez, E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Positively aware : the monthly journal of the Test Positive Aware Network
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1996
Volume
7
Issue
6
Pages
8–8
Identifiers
PMID: 11363982
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A New York study shows that heterosexual intercourse without a condom is associated with an increased risk of transmitting HIV to infants. Unprotected sex was a greater risk for transmission even when the researchers adjusted the data to account for injecting drug use, CD4 levels, use of AZT, and sexually transmitted diseases. The reasons for greater transmission remain speculative, but they may be due to the immune system's reaction to sperm, greater inflammation of the cervix from sexual activity, or greater inflammation of the placenta caused by sexual intercourse.

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