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Monthly Archives: April 2008

Not Just Condoms Stop HIV

April 2008


This past January, Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health released a study claiming that HIV-positive individuals whose viral loads are fully suppressed by anti-retroviral therapy (that is, “undetectable”) “do not transmit HIV by sexual means.”


The Swiss study included three caveats to this remarkable claim: the HIV-positive person had to adhere to their medication regimen diligently, his or her viral load needs to have been undetectable for at least six months, and he or she should not be experiencing any other sexually transmitted disease.


For many years, experts have warned that although successful antiretroviral… Continue reading