…Zero infections between partners during 8-year study A Europe-wide study published in The Lancet, monitored nearly 1,000 gay male couples over eight years, where one partner was HIV-positive and receiving antiretroviral (ART) treatment, while the other was HIV negative.
Doctors did not find a single case of in-couple HIV transmission within that time. This raises hopes that widespread ART programmes could eventually end new infections.
“Our findings provide conclusive evidence for gay men that the risk of HIV transmission with suppressive ART is zero,” said Alison Rodger, from University College London, co-leader of the research.
The researchers support the message… “that an undetectable viral load makes HIV untransmittable. This powerful message can help end the HIV pandemic by preventing HIV transmission, and tackling the stigma and discrimination that many people with HIV face.”
The study alone, the researchers estimate, helped to prevent around 472 HIV transmissions during the eight years. More than 21 million people currently receive regular ART medication, which suppresses the virus—only around 59 percent of persons living with HIV.