A topic of
hot debate. What does 'undetectable' mean to you, and how does it impact your
views on sexual safety and HIV-related stigma?
"Undetectable": Safe or Not?
By Dave R.
From TheBody.com August 28, 2013
Positive people, on effective treatment, with an
undetectable viral load and
healthy immune system, still don't know if they can or can't pass on the virus
to their partners. New UK developments suggest that official conclusions may
already have been reached.
Recently, the idea that people on HIV medication who are also
undetectable (where your viral load is measured at less than 40-50 copies of
HIV in every milliliter of blood) might also be non-infectious to others with
similar tested levels and a healthy immune system, has naturally got everybody
in that situation very excited. There is however, still no definitive proof and
although we're assured that proof either way is being worked on, it's going to
be some time before that news emerges from behind the locked doors of the
In the meantime, people with an undetectable status see proven
non-infectiousness as a possible, instant solution to many sorts of stigma. If,
after indisputable proof, it is widely reported that people on successful
treatment are not in danger of passing on the virus, then there is no reason
for every sexually active person on the planet not to get tested and if
necessary treated because treatment will make you a safe person to have sex
with. This is discounting other STDs of course but then you're just as much at
risk as any sexual partner of contracting those. If successfully proved, people
living with HIV will be seen as living with a chronic illness that is no danger
to their partners, pretty much like diabetes patients, cancer patients and
others. The world will change overnight, not only for positive people but for
LGBT society as a whole. They won't be able to point accusing fingers at us
anymore, claiming we're "unclean," "disease spreaders" and
a "danger to society."
Read the full article here: Safe