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Author Topic: Transmitting HIV While on Meds Is Rare but Likely Still Possible  (Read 1236 times)

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Offline tednlou2

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A new analysis of data regarding mixed HIV status heterosexual couples suggests that, although rare, the transmission of HIV while taking antiretrovirals (ARVs) may still take place, aidsmap reports. Publishing their findings in Clinical Infectious Diseases, French researchers conducted a literature review of studies of 1,672 heterosexual discordant couples in which the partner with HIV was taking ARVs.

The investigators found four cases of one partner transmitting to another during 2,773 person-years. The transmissions were proven through genetic analysis to have taken place within the couples. Somewhere between 70 and 100 percent of the four initially HIV-positive partners had an undetectable viral load at various intervals. Seventeen percent of the sex acts did not involve condoms.

The researchers calculated that the highest risk of transmitting HIV through condomless heterosexual intercourse was either 8.7 or 13 per 100,000 acts, depending on whether the HIV-positive partner had been taking ARVs for greater than or less than six months. (Granted, the actual risk may be much lower.) This means that if a couple were having sex an average of six times a month, after 10 years and 720 acts of intercourse, there would be a 1.85 percent or 3.7 percent risk of transmission.


Offline tryingtostay

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Re: Transmitting HIV While on Meds Is Rare but Likely Still Possible
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2014, 12:40:29 AM »
this doesn't surprise me.. i believe there is alot of + people out there who figure since they are undetectable that it's ok to not disclose their status.. what's worse is people will differentiate with being + verse UD thinking UD is ok to with-holding disclosure when it's not upon engaging in a high risk of transmission with a sexual act

Offline Skydrake

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Re: Transmitting HIV While on Meds Is Rare but Likely Still Possible
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2014, 03:57:20 PM »
...highest risk of transmitting HIV..

What's mean "higest risk"?
In patiens with detectable viral load despite the ARV?

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Re: Transmitting HIV While on Meds Is Rare but Likely Still Possible
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2014, 12:52:07 PM »
we are definitely splitting hairs.

this article says nothing really useful. it is simply mental masturbation.
sign the petition launched by the aids policy project addressed to the nih aimed to increase the money needed to find the cure:


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