Rare Case Of Female-To-Female HIV Transmission Reported

News outlets report on a new CDC report regarding a case of female-to-female HIV transmission.

CNN: CDC: Rare female-to-female HIV transmission
“A Texas woman apparently contracted HIV through sexual contact with another woman, the Centers for Disease Control reported Thursday, a rare female-to-female transmission of the virus. Testing confirmed the 46-year-old woman with newly diagnosed HIV ‘had a virus virtually identical to that of her female partner, who was diagnosed previously with HIV and who had stopped receiving antiretroviral treatment in 2010,’ according to the CDC’s Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report…” (Hayes, 3/13).

Los Angeles Times: Women can get HIV from other women during sex, CDC reports
“The first confirmed case of a woman contracting HIV from another woman during sex was reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. Although there have been reports of women transmitting the human immunodeficiency virus to other women via sexual activity in the past, they have been difficult to prove…” (Netburn, 3/13).

New York Times: In Rare Case, Woman With HIV Infects Female Sex Partner, CDC Says
“The first confirmed case of lesbian transmission of HIV was reported on Thursday by federal health officials, who said the event was exceedingly rare but nonetheless advised lesbian couples in which one partner is infected to take precautions…” (McNeil, 3/14).

NPR: HIV Can Spread Through Sexual Contact Between Women
“A woman in Texas likely infected her female partner with HIV through sexual contact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. The case offers the strongest evidence to date that HIV transmission between women, although rare, is possible…” (Doucleff, 3/13).

TIME: CDC Reports Rare Case of Woman-to-Woman HIV Transmission
“The CDC reported Thursday what is suspected to be a rare case of HIV transmission between women. Female-to-female HIV transmission is extremely uncommon, but can be passed through fluids. …’HIV-discordant couples should receive counseling regarding safer sex practices, and HIV-infected partners should be linked to and retained in medical care,’ the CDC says” (Sifferlin, 3/13).

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