As scientific knowledge surrounding the link between HIV viral suppression and transmission risk evolves, messaging to patients must be updated accordingly. Presenting the results of the multisite, observational PARTNER2 study at the 22nd International AIDS Conference, Alison Rodger reported that no phylogenetically linked infections occurred following more than 76,000 condomless sex acts between virally suppressed men and their HIV-negative male partners. This finding reinforces existing consensus by the World Health Organization and more than 750 other organisations worldwide that people whose HIV viral load is stably suppressed cannot sexually transmit the virus. With evidence supporting undetectable=untransmittable (U=U) now overwhelming, providers should be routinely communicating the message to all of their patients living with HIV.
Read the article in The Lancet to learn more.