Reuters reports that a new study published in the Lancet is further confirmation that taking HIV meds and having an undetectable status stops the sexual transmission of the virus.
This European study is the latest in a slew of clear scientific evidence that adhering to HIV medications and staying undetectable halts transmission of the virus. In 2016, researchers unveiled the results of the PARTNER study, which followed 1165 mixed-status couples — both same sex couples and opposite sex couples — over four years. The study also found no transmissions between couples where the partner who was HIV-positive was also undetectable.
The study followed nearly 1,000 gay male serodiscordant couples, where one partner was HIV-positive and one was HIV negative, who had sex without condoms. After eight years of condomless sex, the study found no cases of HIV transmission within the couples.
Alison Rodger, a professor at University College London, says,
“Our findings provide conclusive evidence for gay men that the risk of HIV transmission with suppressive ART is zero.”
In 2016, the Prevention Access Campaign launched the U=U campaign, or
“Undetectable Equals Untransmittable.”
The campaign was started to raise awareness that HIV-positive people on consistent medication cannot transmit the virus.
The CDC officially declared that undetectable equals untransmittable in a press release in 2017.
Even though the United States government has acknowledged that being undetectable means you cannot transmit the virus, stigma persists socially and legally: 34 states currently have laws that criminalize people living with HIV.
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