Undetectable equals untransmittable: U=U

You may have read the abbreviation “U=U” before. So what does it mean and what is it about?

We live in a time where buddies living with HIV have the same quality of life as buddies who don’t have the virus. More than that, when HIV treatment is effective, and reduces the viral load to undetectable levels there is no more risk of transmitting HIV during sex, regardless of other prevention strategies.

The risk of HIV transmission for sero-discordant couples (one is positive, the other is negative) is nonexistent if the HIV positive partner is on treatment, has an undetectable viral load and is free of STIs.

Before you start to wonder, U=U is basically the same as TasP (Treatment as Prevention). So no need to get all worked up about the many abbreviations. All you need to know is: HIV cannot get passed on when the infected partner takes his pills.

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