Did you know that a person with HIV who has an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit the virus to others? It’s true! This is known as U=U or undetectable = untransmittable. People can not only achieve but maintain an undetectable amount of HIV in their blood by taking antiviral therapy (ART) daily.
so, what’s the difference between U=U and PrEP?
That’s a great question! While U=U pertains to those who already have HIV, PrEP was designed to prevent HIV from developing in people who may have been exposed to the virus.
PrEP works by “preloading” the body with antiretrovirals, the same type of medication used to combat HIV in people who are already infected. By taking the antiretrovirals at the same time daily, the body can prevent the virus from replicating so the infection cannot occur.
who is a good candidate for PrEP?
PrEP is a great option for those who:
- are HIV negative
- have a partner who is HIV positive
- have an open relationship
- inject drugs or share needles
- have had an STI within the past six months
- don’t use condoms every time
PrEP and U=U are both great options in reducing the risk of HIV transmission. The key to deciding which option is best is knowing one’s HIV status. Contact us today to find out your HIV status.