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MEDICAL UPDATE: Detection of HIV in Semen


Being Alive 1993 Jun 5: 2

A recent article in the Journal of Infectious Diseases reported on a Stanford study of 36 HIV+ men. Researchers, using highly sophisticated testing techniques, detected HIV in 87% of the semen specimens provided by the men. This detection rate is higher than we have seen in previous studies. In addition, the Stanford study found no correlation between the presence of HIV in the semen and the man's stage of HIV disease or whether he was on an antiviral. Previous studies had said that there was a correlation with use of antivirals and with stage of disease. 


Information in this article was accurate in June 5, 1993. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.