BREAKTHROUGH: Study Shows Zero HIV Transmissions When Undetectable
July 27, 2015
New research shows probability of transmission is zero while on antiretroviral treatment.
A groundbreaking study on antiretroviral treatment showed that the drugs can disable HIV and stop sexual transmission. The randomized study of 1,700 couples was conducted by UNC-Chapel Hill and confirmed a 2011 study that stated ART could prevent transmission of HIV if it is taken reliably. The medications suppress HIV and can render it virtually harmless, unable to transmit to a sexual partner.
The catch though, is patients must stay adhere to treatment, as going off ART will cause the virus to reemerge. In the U.S., there are 1.2 million people living with HIV but only 37 percent of them are on ART.