Study: HIV Treatment Eliminates Transmission Risk
STUDY SHOWS PEOPLE WHO CONTROL THEIR HIV INFECTIONS TO UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOADS CAN NOT TRANSMIT THE DISEASE TO OTHERS
(CNN) – A new study shows anti-retroviral therapy can prevent HIV positive people from passing the virus to others.
Nearly 1,000 gay male couples were studied in which one partner was HIV positive and the other was negative.
Over eight years, just 15 of the negative men were infected, but genetic testing shows all of them were infected by different partners.
The study concludes HIV patients who suppress their viral loads to undetectable levels by using ART can not transmit the disease.
An earlier study proved the same thing among heterosexual couples.
The new study’s author says accessibility to HIV testing and treatment are likely to remain hurdles to curbing HIV.
President Donald Trump pledged in February to eliminate HIV transmissions in the U.S. over the next ten years.
Some critics are skeptical of that and point to the White House cutting millions of dollars from aids programs last year.