A perfect way to observe World Health Day is to shed some light on key health practices that will diminish the contraction rate of HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS has been plaguing the globe for decades now. So much so that one would think that there would be a cure by now. But as the years go by, there has been no definite form of medication created that cures one from the virus.
However that’s not to say that there hasn’t been new and promising methods, treatments and preventatives discovered and released to the masses to help fight the war against the deadly virus. Turn the page and two safe-sex measures have shown promise to help reduce the contraction rate of HIV/AIDS.
Undetectable Equals Untransmittable, commonly mentioned as U=U, is one safe-sex measure that is picking up traction as a promising HIV/AIDS reducer. U=U refers to those who are living with HIV that adhere to their treatment medication in such a way that their viral load levels become undetectable.
Undetectable viral load levels mean that the individual cannot transmit HIV to their sexual partner(s), in essence HIV is untransmittable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially recognized U=U as factual according to a PLUS article.
“After hundreds of other experts and HIV organizations have already signed on to a pledge that recognizes that people living with HIV whose treatment has brought their viral load to an undetectable level — which is nearly half of all HIV-positive people in the U.S. — do not transmit HIV to any other person, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has come out with the definitive statement on the subject.”
Add Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to the equation and the contraction of HIV/AIDS is even further reduced. PrEP is used by individuals who do not have HIV/AIDS. Taking a daily pill (normally Truvada) once a day has been said to drastically help prevent the contraction of HIV/AIDS.
The CDC website says that “studies have shown that PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90% when used consistently.” To learn more about PrEP visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/basics/prep.html.
When HIV/AIDS negative individuals go on PrEP and HIV positive individuals adhere to their treatment medication and become undetectable the risk of contracting HIV is diminshing considerably.