For many people living with HIV, the news that they can no longer transmit HIV sexually, is life changing!
If you have been taking ARV treatment for at least 6 months, have a consistently undetectable viral load (less than 200 copies per cubic millimeter of blood) and continue taking your treatment as prescribed, you will not sexually transmit HIV to others.
Chances are you have probably heard of the term “undetectable” or seen #UequalsU, when chatting to friends or potential sexual partners, on dating apps or social media.
Not able to detect or find.
Not able to pass on, or in this case transmit an infection.
Refers to how many copies of HIV are present in a person’s blood and body fluids. Viral load tests show how much HIV is in a sample of blood.
Means that the level of HIV in the blood and body fluids is too low to be detected by tests, a person living with HIV is then said to have an undetectable viral load.
Means that there is a significant amount of HIV in the blood and body fluids, and can be detected by tests, a person living with HIV is then said to have a detectable viral load.
Suppresses and prevents HIV from making copies of itself, which reduces the amount of HIV in the blood and body fluids. The goal of ARV treatment is to reduce a person’s viral load to an undetectable level.
Means that a person living with HIV who has an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the virus to a sexual partner. It is a message started by the Prevention Access Campaign about what it means to be undetectable.
For more information about U=U please visit www.preventionaccess.org