HIV Treatment as Prevention (TasP)
October 27, 2015
Another significant change in 2015 is acceptance for how ART reduces the chance of transmitting HIV.
With an undetectable viral load, in many cases this risk is close to zero.
Although this has been known for many years, there is now much better evidence, including for gay men as well as heterosexual couples.
These facts should improve the quality of life both for anyone who is worried about HIV.
It should reduce any anxiety for couples where one partner is positive and the other is negative, even if they still chose to use condoms.
ART as Prevention
UK guidelines recommend that all HIV doctors should talk about how ART reduces the risk of transmission.
Taking ART will benefit your own health and reduce the risk of sexually transmitting HIV.
Public Health and Personal Choice
TasP is changing the approach to HIV treatment.
But it is important to understand the difference between public and personal benefits of ART. Your decision to use ART should always be your personal choice.
If you do not want to take ART for your own health, you should not be under pressure to take ART for TasP.
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