HndsmKansan saidWhat is HIV "undetectable" really? I mean it can be argued it means this or that, but has the term been used to somehow create the impression of safety?
I would find out MUCH more before I'd ever consider anything beyond condom use.
In the end, he has something you don't. I'd rather not bank my health on the desire for a sexual connection.
But first you need to know what TasP is. Undetectable and TasP
is like the difference between Micro and Macro Economics.
The Facts About Treatment as Prevention (TasP)
While TasP was initially seen as an advocacy tool when first introduced in 2006 (by Dr. Julio Montaner of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS), it was only in 2010 that evidence from the HTPN 052 Trial suggested that it could be implemented as a public health measure to reduce transmission rates from a population-based perspective.http://aids.about.com/od/hivpreventionquestions/a/Treatment-As-Prevention-tasp.htm
What is Undetectable?
On a personal level: Good News
You can live a healthier and longer life.Using ART to reach an undetectable viral load means that there is less HIV in your body. Less HIV means less damage to your immune system, allowing you to stay healthier and live longer.
Dr. Julio Montaner is my HERO! he has deserved every accolade.....and will receive many more. he has literally saved MILLIONS of lives. including mine.
"Beginning in the1980s with his early work at ST. Paul's Hospital, when HIV was an as-yet unknown enemy, Montaner gradually pioneered the antiretroviral therapy (HAART), that has now become the international standard of care allowing patients with HIV/AIDS to enjoy longer, healthier live."
Is it merely an impression of safety?
The 052, Partners and Swiss study (and soon the Australian Study I predict) say it is verifiable science and not a fluke.
Is 'Undetectable' the New Safe Sex?
The landmark Partner study that everyone is talking about—which tracked HIV transmission risk through condomless sex if the HIV-positive partner is on suppressive antiretroviral medication—has so far found not even one case of an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting the virus to a partner. But people in your everyday life may still be a little disbelieving.http://www.hivplusmag.com/sex-dating/2014/09/15/undetectable-new-safe-sex#
"In the end, he has something you don't."
I absolutely agree. Which is why TasP is so important. HIV is something I don't want anyone to get.
Neither does the CDC, ACON, WHO, Dr. Fauci, Dr Montaner....all who endorse TasP.
"I'd rather not bank my health on the desire for a sexual connection."
Yet every Gay man does. Every time we have sex. 53% of us don't use condoms. And 50,000 new HIV cases happen every year. 1 in 5 don't know they are HIV infected.
I don't think 1 in 5 lie about being Negative, nor do I think 1 in 5 lie about being Undetectable.
It's estimated the "1 in 5" who "don't know" are responsible for 80+ percent of new HIV transmissions. They don't get tested, they just don't know. There's been several "not Undetectable Yet" cases, where they were on meds, but not fully suppressed yet. It's 6 months AND Undetectable, NOT just 6 months on ART.