Dating someone hiv undetectable
SERODISCORDANT COUPLES WHAT ARE THE SPECIAL ISSUES FOR MIXED COUPLES? Agree on ways of sexual expression that fit with the level of risk you are comfortable with.
REDUCING THE RISKS USING A CONDOM OTHER WAYS TO REDUCE RISK IF YOU ARE EXPOSED TO HIV HAVING CHILDREN IF THE MAN HAS HIV HAVING CHILDREN IF THE WOMAN HAS HIV Couples with one person who is HIV-positive and one who is HIV-negative are sometimes called “serodiscordant” or “mixed serostatus”. “Serostatus” refers to whether someone has HIV infection or not. Talking to a sexual or relationship counselor can help.
But when asked what the study tells us about the chance of someone with an undetectable viral load transmitting HIV, presenter Alison Rodger said: This is clearly great news for those couples in serodiscordant relationships, or concerned about dating someone of a different HIV status.
But we must remember that though the chance of transmission is close to zero percent, there is still a statistical chance.
However, it still makes sense to take extra steps such as using a condom (see fact sheet 153.) Condoms are very effective at preventing the spread of HIV.
This happens because the new strain may be more difficult for the immune system to control, or because the new strain is resistant to the HIV medications the person is taking.
To qualify for the study the partners had to be having condomless sex “at least some of the time” with the negative partner not receiving Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (Pr EP) or Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), the positive partner had to be receiving HIV treatment and have a viral load below 200 copies/ml.
A small number of couples were excluded from the study, for VL increases or having taking Pr EP / PEP.
If you maintain an undetectable viral load (see fact sheet 125,) chances are good that you won’t pass your HIV infection to your partner.
However, there are several important things to remember: It is rare for a partner with an undetectable viral load to transmit HIV.