Treating people living with HIV can help end the epidemic

By India Ogazi

Thanks to scientific advances, today’s HIV medications — better known as antiretroviral therapy (ART) —  can lower the HIV virus load in persons living with HIV to a low or undetectable level. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reducing the viral load can prevent HIV transmission to others through sex when ART is taken the right way, every day.

In other words, persons living with HIV who take ART and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load can have sex with a non-HIV person and not transmit the virus to them. This makes keeping people living with HIV in treatment an essential tactic to ending the epidemic in Houston. For newly diagnosed individuals to not transmit the disease to partners they have to obtain viral suppression and be virally suppressed for 6 months.

Watch the video below to learn more about HIV treatment as prevention.