When HIV medication suppresses the virus to undetectable levels. That makes you untransmittable. You can’t spread the virus sexually.
When tests can’t find HIV in your blood for at least 6 consecutive months.
Blood tests that look for the amount of HIV in your blood.
If you stay on your meds and your viral load is undetectable then it won’t be transmitted.
There have been no confirmed cases of HIV sexual transmission from an undetectable person.
If you stop meds, your viral load will increase and you will not stay undetectable.
Yes, HIV meds do not stop other sexually transmitted diseases.
It’s up to you. Condoms provide protection for other STDs.
Everyone should have a plan for protecting themselves. Your partner should decide what works for him/her/them.
Antiretroviral therapy stops HIV from replicating and prevents sexual transmission of the virus to others.
NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
People who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus.
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Someone whose HIV is undetectable does not pose an infection risk to their sexual partners.
Medical authorities are publicly agreeing that people with undetectable viral loads cannot transmit the virus that causes AIDS.
NYS DOH’s U=U Policy Statement, FAQ, and Commissioner's Letter
HIV initiative focused on U=U
Letter in support of U=U findings that undetectable=untransmittable
NIAID’s breakdown of U=U
Study indicating HIV meds lead to being undetectable and untransmittable
University of Liverpool’s studies on preventing HIV transmission between couples
The “Undetectable = Untransmittable” message goes global
‘I don’t feel like I’m a threat anymore.’ New HIV guidelines are changing lives