Undetectable = Untransmittable
Did you know that having an undetectable viral load when you are taking HIV treatment (ART) also stops HIV transmission?
For at least 20 years we have known that ART reduces HIV transmission. But for the last two years, leading scientists have agreed that the risk is not just reduced but stopped completely.
ART is not only good for your health but it protects your partners.
This means that you don’t need to use condoms if you were only using them to stop HIV.
The protection from ART depends on:
- Taking ART every day in the right way and at the right time with no missed doses
- Having an undetectable viral load
The evidence for U=U comes from studies with both gay and straight couples, and for all types of sex. Leading UK doctors and researchers strongly support the U=U statement.