November 8, 2008

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Superinfection: Fact or Fiction?

Well we have made it through another work week and to the start of our weekend. For many single people, the weekend is a time for getting out and meeting someone new. Some of us look for love and some of us look for sex.

Since I work with a lot of HIV positive people throughout the country, one of the topics I am frequently asked about is reinfection and superinfection.


Many people with HIV choose to have sex without condoms with other HIV-positive people. This can be physically and emotionally satisfying, but it can have health implications, one of which is superinfection (or reinfection) with another strain of HIV.

Researchers have been looking at the issue of superinfection for a number of years. There’s a general consensus that superinfection is rare, and the risks of it happening are greatest in the few years after a person is first infected with HIV.

A few cases of superinfection have been reported involving people who have had HIV for a long time, and there has been a single case of someone taking effective HIV treatment who seems to have been superinfected with a drug-resistant strain of HIV.

Now researchers have found that about 10% of heterosexual couples in a study in Zambia may have been superinfected. But it was a very small study and only involved 34 couples. There are also a lot of other unanswered questions arising from the study – for example how long the superinfected people had had HIV for and if they were taking HIV treatment.

But I guess for me personally, I do not want to take the chance of having multiple strains of the HIV virus in my body. I care too much about living and taking care of what immune system I have left to endanger it.

For me, it just is not worth the possible consequences to even contemplate unsafe sex.

Now the choice is up to you? Drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab