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Case 4: STDs and HIV Transmission

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B If this patient’s HIV-negative sexual partner has a history of genital herpes, her current HSV infection would not place him at increased risk of acquiring HIV.

This answer is incorrect. The case patient’s active genital HSV infection increases her risk of transmitting HIV to a susceptible partner. If her male partner had a previous history of HSV, it would not decrease his risk of acquiring HIV.

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A The presence of genital lesions caused by HSV in an HIV-infected person confers a major increase (up to 4-fold) in the risk of HIV transmission to a HIV-negative partner.
C Among sexually transmitted pathogens, only those organisms that cause genital ulcer disease are associated with an increased risk of HIV transmission.
D Treatment of common sexually transmitted infections that cause cervicitis, including chlamydia and trichomoniasis, in HIV-infected women has not been shown to decrease genital shedding of HIV.

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