- The Washington Times - Friday, March 14, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control say that although it’s rare, a lesbian in Texas has infected her female partner with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

A report released Friday by the CDC said a 46-year-old Texas woman “likely acquired” the virus from her partner, who is HIV positive, The Daily Mail reported. The HIV positive woman — who was diagnosed in 2008 — reported that she hadn’t taken her medicine since 2010, and both women admit they’ve taken part in sexually risky behaviors.

But the 46-year-old woman who is now infected said she’s only been with her lesbian partner for the past six months, The Daily Mail reported. She specified that she’s not been with a man for a decade.

The CDC said the strain of virus found in the 46-year-old matches that of her partner’s, with a 98 percent likelihood.

This is the first case where a female-to-female transmission of HIV seems that certain. Most of the other cases that seemed lesbian-to-lesbian transmissions involved plenty of other risk factors that couldn’t be dismissed, the CDC reported.

“They described their sexual contact as at times rough to the point of inducing bleeding in either woman,” the CDC reported. “They also reported having unprotected sexual contact during the menses of either partner.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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