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Information for Women About HIV

Infection with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus - the virus that causes AIDS) has become a growing problem for women. Many women question whether to be tested for the HIV virus. An HIV antibody test can determine if a person has been infected with HIV. A person who is infected with HIV may feel well and look healthy, but can still pass the virus onto his/her sexual partners, needle-sharing partners and to their unborn children.

Anyone who has had sex without using a condom can be at risk.

Certain women have a higher risk of contracting HIV


  • IV drug users or partners of IV drug users
  • Women with bisexual partners
  • Women whose partners have other sexual partners
  • Recipients of blood or blood products between 1978 and 1985
  • Women with a history of sexually transmitted diseases

If you are concerned that you may be infected or at risk, you should talk to your health care provider about HIV testing. It is important that you understand your choices, and receive counseling before and after the test.

For more information about HIV testing, talk to your health care provider or call the testing information hotline at (800) 235-2331.

Contact Information

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-0475