The latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the final embrace of what the HIV+ and at risk population has known for a long time, undetectable means a 0% chance of spreading HIV to any of your partners. From the CDC:
Scientific advances have shown that antiretroviral therapy (ART) preserves the health of people living with HIV. We also have strong evidence of the prevention effectiveness of ART. When ART results in viral suppression, defined as less than 200 copies/ml or undetectable levels, it prevents sexual HIV transmission. Across three different studies, including thousands of couples and many thousand acts of sex without a condom or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), no HIV transmissions to an HIV-negative partner were observed when the HIV-positive person was virally suppressed. This means that people who take ART daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.
There are some careful things to note in this statement, however, the foremost being that a person needs to “maintain an undetectable viral load.” Maintaining that undetectable status is both easy and difficult at the same time. It’s as easy as taking the prescribed medication every day, but that isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
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