Q and A

Question

I’m undetectable, can I transmit HIV to my partner?

I’m positive and undetectable. My girlfriend is negative, can I transmit HIV to her?

Answer

Thanks for getting in touch.

When a person has an undetectable viral load, they cannot transmit HIV through sexual intercourse when not using a condom. There’s more about this here:

http://i-base.info/htb/32308

19 comments

  1. Roy Trevelion

    Hi King,
    It’s a good idea to get these symptoms checked out by a doctor to find out what’s causing them. However, 95% of people develop antibodies to HIV within 4 weeks, and will get an HIV positive result. Your negative result is a good sign. But you can have another test to confirm the HIV negative result after 8 more weeks.

  2. king

    I had unprotected sex with a positive hiv lady and this is 25 day and I went for test am negative but am having shape pains all over my body which is off and on and my ulcer increase. Does that mean am hiv

  3. Zandi

    I- base it helps me a lot I didn’t know about HIV and AIDS but now I know the difference

  4. Roy Trevelion

    Hello Prince,
    The aim of HIV treatment (ART) is to get your viral load result to undetectable. That means the result should be under 50 copies/mL. Being undetectable gives your CD4 count the chance to recover. And then you can expect not to be at increased risk of other infections. Here’s a picture showing CD4 count and HIV once you start treatment.
    It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about all your symptoms including your stomach ulcer. Stomach ulcers can be treated too.

  5. prince

    Hello,pls can you explain to when you treatment HIV can you get to the stage 3. And when you find out you catch HIV does stomach ulcer remains pains.

  6. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Prince.

    I’d like to think that a cure will be found, however its very unlikely that this will happen by 2020. For now we have ARVs which are excellent at controlling HIV.

  7. prince

    Hi Roy,pls I want to know HIV can be cure before 2020.Because people living in west Africa is suffering from HIV

  8. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Prince,

    Yes its fine to travel to the UK and the US when positive. For where there could be travel restrictions, please see here:
    http://www.hivtravel.org/default.aspx

  9. prince

    If I am HIV positive can I travel overseas… like USA,LONDON etc

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