ATLANTA (CBS Houston)  –  A Texas woman contracted HIV from her female partner in a rare case of female-to-female transmission of the virus that causes AIDS.

Doctors say the women were in a monogamous sexual relationship for six months.

One was HIV-positive and had not taken medication for the virus in two years, reports Live Science.

The second woman, age 46, had previously tested negative for HIV but became infected during the relationship.

Doctors  say the woman was not a drug user and had not had heterosexual sex in a decade.

However the report, detailed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, notes that the couple did engage in unprotected sexual contact during the six months they were together.

Because HIV can be present in vaginal fluid and menstrual blood, transmission of the virus between two women is theoretically possible, though rare, say researchers.

The CDC reminds couples in which one is HIV positive that regular medication and safe-sex practices can reduce the risk of transmission to the uninfected partner.

(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments (3)

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS Houston

Watch Live

Listen Live