Those With Undetectable HIV at ‘Effectively No Risk’ of Transmitting Virus, CDC Says


Brooke Sopelsa writes at NBC News:

Following the lead of hundreds of HIV experts and prevention organizations around the world, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week stated there is “effectively no risk” of an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load — the amount of HIV in blood — sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.

Bruce Richman, executive director of the Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable=Untransmittable initiative, called the CDC’s statement “remarkable.”

“This is the moment we have been waiting for,” Richman said in an interview with HIV Plus magazine. “The CDC agreed … there is ‘effectively no risk’ of sexually transmitting HIV when on treatment and undetectable. The overwhelming data clearly shows that taking our medication daily protects our health and our partners.”

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