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.
• Having undetectable viral load for at least three months (some guidelines say six months).
• Continuing to take meds without missing doses.
The evidence for U=U comes from studies with both gay and straight couples, and for all types of sex.
Q&As on U=U
Questions and answers about U=U. Information provided by i-Base.