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Lubricant Use May Raise HIV Infection Risk During Anal Sex

Posted 25 May 2010 by

TUESDAY, May 25 – The use of lubricants during unprotected anal intercourse may indirectly raise the risk of HIV transmission in the receptive partner, among both men and women, new research warns. Concern about the possibility is being raised in the form of two new studies, and revolves around the fact that HIV infection risk rises if other infections are already present in the rectal lining of the receptive partner, the study authors noted. In that light, indications that some lubricants may contribute to a generally increased risk for sexually transmitted infections, and therefore in turn for HIV, are scheduled for presentation this week in Pittsburgh at the International Microbicides Conference. Conducted between 2006 and 2008, one study – which focused on approximately 900 residents in the Baltimore and Los Angeles region – observed that men and women who use lubricants in ... Read more

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