HIV or AIDS

We have to be clear about the difference between HIV and AIDS, and certainly not use them interchangeably or incorrectly. HIV i-Base describes them as follows: “HIV is a virus that causes damage to the immune system. This usually occurs slowly and over many years. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. AIDS is the medical […]

U=U…More (Confirmatory!) Data

A study of 343 gay couples, where one partner had HIV and the other did not, has not found a single case of HIV transmission in 16,889 acts of condomless anal sex, the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris, France, was told today. The Opposites Attract study looked at […]

New Information Campaigns…”Can’t Pass It On” and “U=U”

There are a couple of campaigns that are trying to reduce the stigma associated with HIV. Both have the same message, but use different slogans. THT has a campaign called “Can’t Pass it on”: http://www.tht.org.uk/sexual-health/About-HIV/Can_apos_t-Pass-It-On?utm_source=Terrence%20Higgins%20Trust%20newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8390497_Can%27t%20Pass%20It%20On%20launch%20-%20members%20and%20volunteers&dm_i=5HE,4ZU5D,GNFZ55,J0X60,1 They say: Medical evidence has shown that people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass it on. If everyone knew this, we […]

Myths about HIV still commonplace in UK today

This World AIDS Day, Terrence Higgins Trust worked with YouGov to survey over 2,000 adults to reveal the extent to which myths and inaccuracies about HIV are still prevalent in Great Britain: One in five thinks that HIV can be transmitted through kissing. One in three believe that sharing a toothbrush with someone who is HIV […]

Drugs or Alcohol?

The number of people acquiring HIV in the UK continues to rise year on year, particularly for men who have sex with men (MSM). It has been suggested that this is to a large extent driven by drugs or “chemsex”. The Gay Men’s Sex Survey recently asked gay men living with diagnosed HIV, “How large a […]

HIV Transmission and Antiretroviral Therapy

Antiretroviral treatment (ART) greatly reduces the risk of transmitting HIV. Several very large studies have now shown that people with undetectable viral load do not pass on HIV to their sexual partners. However, there is still a possibility that HIV might be passed on during the period between starting treatment and viral load becoming detectable, which may […]

People with HIV considerably overestimate their chance of infecting someone

It is now well-established that people with HIV on treatment with an undetectable viral load are not infectious. Nonetheless, a significant proportion of patients taking long-term HIV therapy over-estimate their risks of infecting a partner, according to new US research. The study involved 1809 people with HIV who were monitored for three years after starting treatment. The findings […]

When is HIV Transmitted?

It has now been well established that for someone whose viral load has been undetectable for some months, and who is currently on antiretroviral therapy (ART), then the risk of them transmitting HIV is extremely small – scientists hate to say never, but the risk is negligible. So researchers are trying to get a better […]