How easy is it to get AIDS?
The truth is that it’s not nearly that easy to get HIV – the medical literature estimates that the transmission rate is actually about 0.1% per sex act, or 10% per year. One way of interpreting these big overestimates of risks is that HIV education is working.
What’s the most common way to get AIDS?
The most common ways that people become infected with HIV are: Unprotected sexual intercourse (either vaginal or anal) with someone who has HIV. The majority of HIV-positive young adults in the U.S. become infected this way. Sharing needles or syringes (including those used for steroids) with someone who has HIV.
How long can you stay undetectable?
A person’s viral load is considered “durably undetectable” when all viral load test results are undetectable for at least six months after their first undetectable test result. This means that most people will need to be on treatment for 7 to 12 months to have a durably undetectable viral load.
Can I infect my partner with an undetectable viral load?
Having an undetectable viral load does mean that there is not enough HIV in your body fluids to pass HIV on during sex. In other words, you are not infectious. For as long as your viral load stays undetectable, your chance of passing on HIV to a sexual partner is zero.
What will happen if I skip my ARV for 2 days?
Missing doses of HIV medicines can reduce their usefulness and increase the possibility of developing drug resistance, which makes certain HIV drugs lose their effectiveness. If you realize you have missed a dose, go ahead and take the medication as soon as you can, then take the next dose at your usual scheduled time.
Is it possible to test negative while your partner is positive?
A: It is quite common for one partner to test positive and the other negative, even if they have been having sex without condoms. Mostly this is explained by luck and the role of other risk factors. Over time, most people will catch HIV if they continue to be at risk.
What is the normal CD4 count for a healthy person?
A CD4 count is typically reported as a count of cells (expressed as cells per cubic millimeter of blood). Sometimes results are expressed as a percent of total lymphocytes (CD4 percent). A normal CD4 count ranges from 500–1,200 cells/mm3 in adults and teens.
Can I test negative if my viral load is undetectable?
If you’re undetectable, you will still test positive for HIV. This is expected, and doesn’t mean that your treatment is not working.
Do you have to tell someone you are undetectable?
Having an undetectable viral load and continuing to stay on medication means you are not putting your partner(s) at risk. There is no moral imperative to disclose when you are not putting your partner at risk.