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HIV transmission from one woman to another was reported Thursday by US health authorities.

 The 46-year-old woman
“likely acquired”
human immunodeficiency virus while in a monogamous relationship with an HIV-positive female partner in Texas, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The woman, whose name was not released, had engaged in heterosexual relationships in the past, but not in the 10 years prior to her HIV infection.

The CDC warned that although such cases are rare,

“female-to-female transmission is possible because HIV can be found in vaginal fluid and menstrual blood.”

People with HIV should be under the care of a doctor and take their prescribed medicines to keep their viral load down and reduce the risk of infecting a partner, the CDC said.

Very few cases of this kind have been documented, and confirmation

“has been difficult because other risk factors almost always are present or cannot be ruled out,”

said the report.

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