Apr 30, 2014
i am hiv positive & i am undertectable. how big is the risk to have unprotected sex with same girl 6 times.
Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman
Hello there Two recent studies have found that when someone is positive and taking medications and has a undetectable viral load the risk of HIV transmission is decreased by up 96% in one study and 100% in the other. Is it totally impossible for such people to transmit the virus? Probably not and some of this may have to do with breaks in HIV therapy and possibly transient increases in the amount of shed virus, like during another sexually transmitted infection or another illness. STDs can increase inflammation in the genital tract and raise viral load in semen and vaginal fluids. Also, some people can have higher HIV levels in their genital secretions than in their blood. So, some experts believe that persons having sex with a person who has an undetectable viral load should not abandon condoms. Others feel a bit less cautious and say the chances are so low of transmission that condoms are not necessary when talking about a monogamous couple with no stds. There is certainly no harm in encouraging your partner to bed tested.
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