Treatment as Prevention (TasP)
With HIV anti-retrovirals (ART) being so effective to most HIV positive people who are taking medications every day, the virus becomes undetectable for blood tests to pick up.
What this means is that that HIV virus is virtually unable to be passed onto sexual partners and that the virus isn’t doing as much damage to a person than if they weren’t taking anti-retrovirals.
TasP is considered a safer sex method in relation to HIV transmission, however it won’t protect you from STIs.
Like everything in life, everything has a risk. TasP is no different, Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary people can take on various roles sexually and we shouldn’t assume that someone’s role will be a certain way based on gender, body, sexuality, ability etc.
Not everyone will engage in the same sexual practices or any sexual practices at all.
People with an undetectable viral load may use the symbol +U which means that they are HIV Positive and have an undetectable viral load. You may have also heard of the U=U campaign. U=U means Undetectable means Untransmittable. In simple terms undetectable viral load means that you can’t pass on HIV to a HIV negative partner.
Click here to find out more about U=U