Washington, D.C.—No longer the death sentence it once was, breakthroughs in HIV medication have reduced the risks associated with transmitting the disease through unprotected sex and made it nearly as manageable as other chronic illnesses. As a result, those diagnosed with the infection can lead now lead full lives.
Earlier this year, the medical community publicly acknowledged that those diagnosed with undetectable viral loads in their blood cannot transmit the virus. The first official announcement was made in July by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In late September, the Centers for Disease Control made a similar announcement, which claimed those with the disease who are being treated, take daily medication, and successfully achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have “no risk of sexually transmitting the virus” to a sexual partner who does not have the illness.