While not a cure, HIV undetectable means better health and prevents HIV from being passed through sex. HIV is never passed through casual contact.
The medications available today that keep people with HIV healthy – called antiretrovirals (ARVs) – work to reduce the amount of virus in the body to levels that are so low that it is not detected by a viral load test. The vast majority of people who take their medications every day are able to get and keep an undetectable viral load.
With ongoing ARV treatment, HIV is a manageable health condition. With ongoing medical care and treatment, a person with HIV can live a long, healthy life, and have children without HIV.
Left untreated, HIV can cause serious illness and even lead to death. The most important thing is to get connected to care and take ARV medications as prescribed.
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Taking antiretrovirals (ARVs) as prescribed is the best way for someone with HIV to get and stay undetectable. When HIV is undetectable, it is not passed through sex. In other words, undetectable is untransmittable.