Saturday, October 11, 2008

Why can(?) anal sex kill

First posted Saturday, March 3, 2007 on

An "authoritative" website, capable of inducing a mental image, claims" "...It’s important to remember that HIV can be transmitted through anal sex, especially anal intercourse.

In fact, the risk of HIV transmission is greater than it is in vaginal intercourse because the lining of the rectum tears more easily than the vagina. The resulting skin breaks and bleeding increase the possibility of the transmission of bodily fluids containing the virus that causes AIDS.

Such a conclusion can be reached only by a militantly ignorant author.

Review of the foundational (written by yours truly in 1996), and current literature on the subject begs to disagree.

My, then revolutionary, theories of 13 years ago were noticed, (after years of ridiculing) and acknowledged by the only organization that really counts:
"... In fact, unprotected (without a condom) anal sex (intercourse) is considered to be very risky behavior.

It is possible for either sex partner to become infected with HIV during anal sex. HIV can be found in the blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, or vaginal fluid of a person infected with the virus.

In general, the person receiving the semen is at greater risk of getting HIV because the lining of the rectum is thin and may allow the virus to enter the body during anal sex.

However, a person who inserts his penis into an infected partner also is at risk because HIV can enter through the urethra (the opening at the tip of the penis) or through small cuts, abrasions, or open sores on the penis..."

But some advice never changes, whether practiced or not:

"...If people choose to have anal sex, they should use a latex condom. Most of the time, condoms work well.

However, condoms are more likely to break during anal sex than during vaginal sex.

Thus, even with a condom, anal sex can be risky.

A person should use generous amounts of water-based lubricant in addition to the condom to reduce the chances of the condom breaking..."

The only practical way not to get infected during sex, is to avoid having it all together.

Be Well!

My sincere thanks to the Editorial and Publishing leadership of the US Pharmacist Journal for their foresight in March of 1996 (eleven years ago!) to take on an unpopular, but an important issue; and to Birdie for being my creative inspiration.

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