Five individuals self-reported, with much disbelief, that their partners that are female have

Five individuals self-reported, with much disbelief, that their partners that are female have

“It’s very confusing… we thought we lesbians are safe”

Perhaps infected them. All those individuals reported that they had never ever been with male lovers or had contact with medical transmissions or inserting medication usage (we failed to ask if individuals had been born with HIV or any other feasible dangers of transmission). Although problematic for them all to understand, the only real possible path of transmission and high-risk behaviour they could report had been intercourse along with other females. All individuals additionally claimed which they had been shocked to discover they was indeed infected with HIV and may not know how it had occurred. That they had all thought that since they had just been with ladies, they certainly were safe:

“…i really couldn’t know the way it simply happened I thought we (lesbians) are safe, and the only person I was sexually active with was also a female because I was fine and. I really couldn’t comprehend… I possibly couldn’t realize. I really couldn’t know the way I possibly could have contracted the herpes virus once I had thought I happened to be safe in means! ” Zanele, 31 yrs old, Durban

“It’s how you get diseased as a lesbian as it’s actually confusing just just how it will be possible. Other ladies know from their lovers during penetrative sexual activity then again as a lady that is a lesbian whom additionally sleeps along with other females – it is extremely confusing. Which they obtain it” Lebo, 22 yrs old, Pretoria

The individuals‘ confusion and disbelief is clear through the above examples. When you look at the quote that is first Zanele repeats exactly just how she “couldn’t understand” being HIV infected. More