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Are You Actually Safer Than You Think?

 Safer Than You Think

A recent study of people on antiretrovirals showed the disconnect between a person’s viral load and their view of their likelihood of transmitting HIV.

52% of the HIV-positive people in the study thought they were highly or somewhat infectious after 3 years of treatment.

90% were wrong — they were actually undetectable, meaning their risk of transmission was actually

close to zero.

Only 10% still had detectable viral loads and were infectious.


But, at the beginning of the 3-year study…

16% thought they had low (or no) risk of transmitting HIV.

100% of those people were wrong.



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