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    HIV Treatment Suppresses Virus Transmission

    The AIDS United Public Policy Committee has issued a statement saying that people with HIV who are on antiretroviral treatment and have virus levels that are successfully suppressed cannot pass the virus to others. The committee recommended that health-care providers pass this message on to the public. Suppression of the virus can occur within 12 to 24 weeks of the start of treatment, and lasts as long as patients stick to their medication regimen. There are more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States, according to the CDC, but less than one-third consistently receive the medical care they need to suppress the virus, according to AIDS United. However, according to a Reuters news story, some experts will not go so far as to say that the risk of transmission is zero.

    AIDS United. AIDS united affirms evidence that proves people living with HIV with a sustained, undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners. https://www.aidsunited.org/News/Default.aspx?id=1142. Accessed on March 9, 2017.

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    Valerie DeBenedette
    Valerie DeBenedette is Managing Editor of Drug Topics.


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