Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

More Leading Health Experts and Organizations Endorse Undetectable = Untransmittable: When Is There Zero Risk of Transmitting HIV?

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

More Leading Health Experts and Organizations Endorse Undetectable = Untransmittable: When Is There Zero Risk of Transmitting HIV?

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Over the past year, hundreds have joined the growing list of health experts and organizations around the world to endorse the Undetectable Equals Untransmittable Consensus Statement. The U=U Consensus states that a person living with HIV who has an undetectable viral load through treatment cannot transmit the virus to a sexual partner.

Issued by the Prevention Access Campaign, U=U is based upon the findings of two major scientific studies on transmission risk: HPTN 052 and PARTNER, and a smaller study called "Opposites Attract." In all of the studies, there were no transmissions of HIV (between serodiscordant, or mixed-status, couples) when the partner living with HIV was undetectable. Over 58,000 sex acts were counted in one of the studies with not a single transmission.

Global HIV and AIDS resource NAM AIDSMap is the latest to endorse the consensus. "The scientific evidence is clear," says Matthew Hodson, NAM's executive director. "Someone who has undetectable levels of virus in their blood does not pose an infection risk to their sexual partners."

Many experts are now using the terminology "zero chance" in regards to the risk of transmission when a person's viral load is vundetectable. …

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