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my girlfriend has aids and we had unprotected sex because she said that the birth control protected me, true?

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Dr. Lisa Lepine
Gynecology 31 years experience
No: The birth control pill, when used correctly, protects against pregnancy. But it provides no protection against sexually transmitted infections for either partner.
Dr. Alan Stein
Specializes in Infectious Disease
No: Bc does not protect you, only condoms, and getting her viral load to undetectable.

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