treatment for HIV has progressed a lot that today, if you’ve been diagnosed with the disease and you’re taking antiretroviral drugs, you can “essentially act like someone who doesn’t have HIV.” Stella Sappho, MD, HIV internist for Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine. This is because prescribed drugs work to keep the viral load so low that it is virtually undetectable, and more importantly non-communicable.
Although there is still no cure for HIV, the low presence of HIV in your blood means that you cannot infect others. However, Dr. Sappho recommends wearing a condom during intercourse to protect you from other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), even when the viral load is under control. If you have new or multiple partners, it is extremely important to protect yourself from STDs. There may be instances where missed treatment can increase your viral load, so consistent condom use will ensure the safety of you and your partner.
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