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A 46-year old U.S. woman has likely acquired HIV from her female partner in a rare female-to-female sexual transmission of the AIDS virus, the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Laboratory testing confirmed that the woman from Texas had a virusâ€virtually identical to that of her female partner, who was diagnosed previously with HIV.
The partner had stopped receiving antiretroviral treatment in 2010,â€ the CDC said in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The woman with newly acquired infection did not report any other recognised risk factors for HIV infection, such as injection drug use, tattooing, acupuncture and piercing, the agency said.
The report said she supplemented her income by selling her plasma and first tested negative for HIV after donating plasma in March 2012.
The Houston Department of Health reported the case to the CDC in Aug. 2012.
The CDC said the likely source of the patientâ€™s new HIV infection was her 43-year old female s3x partner who tested positive for HIV in Sept. 2008.
The couple reported routinely having unprotected sexual contact during a six-month monogamous relationship and the recently infected woman reported that her partner was her only sexual contact at that time, the agency said.
According to the CDC, transmission of HIV between women who have s3x with women (WSW) has been reported rarely and is difficult to ascertain because other risk factors almost are present or cannot be ruled out.
â€œAlthough rare, HIV transmission between WSW can occur,â€ it said.
â€œThe potential for HIV transmission by female-to-female sexual contact includes unprotected exposure to vaginal or other body fluids and to blood from menstruation or to exposure to blood from trauma during rough s3x.â€
The CDC described in the report one case in the Philippines who reported sexual contact exclusively with women and said she did not use injection drugs.
However, no source of transmission was confirmed about this case.