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Hiv Transmission With Undetectable Viral Load

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Hiv transmission from undetectable viral load

Hi Dr. Young,What is the probability you get infected from unprotected sex from and hiv person with undetectable viral load?Thanks a lot!...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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Hello and thanks for posting your interesting question.We've learned tons from the HPTN 052 and recent PARTNER study about the risks of HIV transmission from people on treatment. Collectively these massive studies show that being on treatment... Read more »

hiv transmission when viral load is undetectable

Dear DavidI have often seen and heard the following question:If a person's viral load is... Read more »
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HIV i-Base

Minimal Risk of Sexual HIV Transmission for Heterosexual Couples When the HIV-Positive Partner Has an Undetectable Viral Load

A systematic review of publications reporting on rates of HIV transmission between heterosexual couples, where the HIV positive partner has an undetectable viral load on ART, revealed minimum risk of transmission. Michelle Letchumanan, on behalf... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Insight Into HIV Transmission Risk When the Viral Load Is Undetectable and No Condom Is Used

The sexual transmission of HIV occurs after an exposure to fluids that contain HIV, such as semen and fluids from the vagina and rectum. The amount of virus in these fluids (also known as viral load) is the most important factor that determines... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Undetectable Viral Load Essentially Eliminates HIV Transmission Risk in Straight Couples

A recent review indicated that heterosexual serodiscordant couples have a low risk of HIV transmission if the HIV-infected partner has an undetectable viral load as a result of successful antiretroviral (ARV) therapy. The study by the National AIDS... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

HIV Viral Load, HIV Treatment and Sexual HIV Transmission

Summary HIV viral load is the amount of HIV (or number of virus) in the bodily fluids of someone living with HIV. It is measured in the blood as part of routine clinical care. A higher viral load is associated with a higher risk of HIV... Read more »
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Viral load 334,000 to undetectable in 5 months

Posted by DJones, 3 Replies
Just wanted to give some people hope. In January 2009 I was diagnosed with AIDS and had a viral load of 334,000 and a TCell count of 106. In five months on Atripla I now am undetectable and have a TCell count of 284. So there is good news out... Read more »

Cat Scratch and Undetectable Viral Load

Posted by qqq1, 1 Reply
I recently had an encounter with a guy where pre cum got on my hand and shirt. I found out that he is hiv positive with an undetectable viral load, so he claims. After the incident I believe I washed my hands, but precum was still on my shirt and... Read more »

Is the Viral Load really undetectable.

Posted by Atheena, 1 Reply
I have submitted my question to "Ask the Experts" section. Just curious on how others are thinking about this.

Dr.....
I was wondering about how well we are able to track the viral load accurately. I watch my lab results, nothing changes, and... Read more »

hiv viral load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
and Perhaps a Lifesaver?


By Paul Galatowitsch, Antonio Urbina and Timothy Law Snyder

Paul Galatowitsch is a health care consultant. Antonio Urbina is the director of clinical HIV and AIDS education at St. Vincent's Hospital. Timothy Law Snyder is a... Read more »