Q&A: Is It True That Men Can’t Get HIV Infections From Women?

Q: I think I actually witnessed the spread of HIV misconceptions! Basically, I overheard a bunch of male coworkers talking about married male celebrities and their infidelities, and how the wives of these celebrities had nothing to worry about regarding the rumored lack of protection used during these indiscretions, because “it’s next to impossible for a man to pick up the HIV virus from a woman.” Yes, I know, this is nonsense, but just for the record…is there any data to support that one group of people can more easily spread the virus than another group? Also, where in the world did such a potentially dangerous misconception come from?