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Hi there!

My partner and I were both diagnosed with HIV at the same time. We are about 3 months post diagnosis and have achieved undetectable VLs. We've been having sex with condoms, but I was curious to know if we still need to use them.

I know this is a question for a medical professional, but my doctor said that we should wait until we are 6 months UD and his doctor said that it should be fine as long as we are monogamous.

Has anyone had any experience with this?


--- Quote from: Tguid13 on February 11, 2022, 05:05:07 pm ---I know this is a question for a medical professional

--- End quote ---
actually it's not anymore.

Research has shown that someone living with HIV does not transmit HIV after being UD for 6 months. It's known as "undetectable = untransmittable". It's also the principle behind "TasP" - "treatment as prevention". When a person living with HIV who has HIV successfully controlled (UD for 6 months) they can't spread HIV which helps in stopping the spread of HIV (i.e. prevention).

So in a few more months, y'all can skip the condoms.....
as long as you're cautious about other possible diseases. (ugh. I hate when our HIV doc talks to us about stuff like this; but he knows other couples who aren't monogamous like me and my hubby, so we always get the warning.  :D Of course this would have been a valid warning in my younger days with my previous partners.  8) )

Sorry! I don't know if I phrased my question correctly. I know that we aren't considered U=U status as of now, but both of our VLs have been suppressed for 2 months. 2 of our doctors said condomless sex is fine, but a third said to wait.

So my question is: Is there any risk of us having condomless sex considering we have the same strain, we both have suppressed VLs, and we are monogamous?


Data says 6 months

Jim Allen:

Moved your thread to this section.

Not much to add to what the other gents have mentioned already. Wait until you are UD for 6 months. UD in terms of U=U would be below 200 copies.

If you do engage in condomless intercourse with your partner you should consider testing more regularly for STI's.

Treatment as prevention (TasP) Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U)


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