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July 1, 1998

Sexual Behavior of HIV-Infected Women Reporting Recent Sexual Contact With Women

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(1):29-30. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-1-jbk0701

To the Editor.—Previous research has shown that few women with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) report sex with women in the absence of other behaviors that transmit the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV),1 and the risk of HIV transmission between women, although unknown, is thought to be low.2 However, studies have shown that the prevalence of female-to-female sex among HIV-infected or at-risk women is not insignificant.3,4 Unfortunately, because most of these studies were designed specifically to focus on behaviors related to "established" HIV transmission risks, such as injection drug use and sex with men, sexual behaviors and HIV prevention measures of HIV-infected women who have sex with women have been poorly described. We report data on same-sex behaviors and prevention practices among HIV-infected women reporting recent sex with women.

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