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Dating as an HIV positive person is liberating thanks to U=U

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The science is in. Thanks to analysis of major international studies, it has been established that people living with HIV who consistently take anti retro-viral therapy (ART) daily as prescribed, and achieve and maintain undetectable viral load treatment (and have an undetectable viral load), have a negligible risk of transmitting the virus to a sexual partner.

Since 2016, this status has been known internationally as U=U, as defined by the Prevention Access Campaign, and endorsed by 450 organisations from more than 65 countries, including the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the International AIDS Society and the British HIV Association.

As someone who enjoyed a good sex life at times before my diagnosis in April of 2008, this has been liberating news – but the burden of having to convince potential partners remains, especially when dealing with heterosexual men.

Cath Smith, with a U=U HIV status, she can live a liberated life.

Questions remain: If you are having sex with condoms do you need to disclose? If you decide to have sex without condoms what is required to ensure you are both safe?

Prior to U=U, I’d get close to meeting up with someone I was chatting to online but would back out, pre-empting the sting of rejection. I........

© Canberra Times