Virally suppressed people have “effectively no risk” of transmitting HIV, says US CDC: but how many are suppressed?
“This form of words is important. It marks a break with the CDC’s previous formulation that viral suppression ‘greatly reduces the chance’ of HIV transmission. The change in wording is being attributed both to data such as that from the recent Opposites Attract study, and to the lead given by the Prevention Access Campaign and its “U=U” (Undetectable equals Untransmittable) message.
“Bruce Richman, founder of the Prevention Access Campaign, told aidsmap.com: ‘The CDC’s updated risk assessment is a historic shift in what it means to be a person living with HIV, and provides a powerful argument for universal access to treatment and care for both personal and public health reasons.'”