Can HIV Treatment Be Prevention?
Have you heard that taking HIV meds if you're positive actually reduces the chance of transmitting HIV to a negative partner? While the big, exciting study that proved this fact -- HPTN 052, if you're curious -- was done primarily in male-female couples, there's strong evidence that a similar effect occurs with positive gay men who are taking meds as directed. There are other strategies that involve HIV meds as prevention tools that have been studied in gay men.
Now, is it time to throw away the condoms? Absolutely not, say virtually all experts. But the number of tools in the prevention toolbox available to gay men is steadily growing.
(Credit: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières)