Washing Up Soon After Sex Increases HIV Risk   



Washing Up Soon After Sex Increases HIV Risk

 
Washing the penis immediately after sex could increase the risk of HIV infection among uncircumcised men, according to a study done in Uganda. Researchers at the Makerere University School of Public Health examined uncircumcised, HIV negative men and found that those who washed within three minutes after sex had a 2.3% risk of HIV infection, compared with 0.4% among men who did not clean up after 10 minutes or more.

They could not explain the higher HIV risk, but postulated that delaying washing and prolonging exposure to vaginal secretions might reduce viral infectivity.

Another reason is that the acidity of vaginal secretions might impair the ability of HIV to survive on the penis. Also, the use of water, which has a neutral pH, might prolong viral survival. HIV needs to be in a fluid to cross the mucosa and infect cells, and if HIV-infected fluid dries, its potency decreases. Adding water could re-suspend HIV and increase its infectivity.

The parting message: "There ought to be a little time left for post-coital cuddling before you wash. Don't just finish and jump out of bed,
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