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NASTAD Releases Statement of HIV Risk When Undetectable

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Richie Rich

I don't think some of the commentators on this thread get the point. I agree that people should disclose their status. However i disagree that someone should goto jail for it and otherwise ruin their lives. The difference is intent, if no protection and/or actual transmission had taken place that should be enough to draw the line on either the act was intentional or not.

April 11, 2017

BeauATX

This news is all good and yes, it does need to be communicated to those living with HIV. But, it also needs to be communicated to insurance companies to stop the stigma of not insuring those who are infected. I have been living with the disease for over 25 years and I have yet to find an insurance company who will allow be to purchase a competitively priced life policy.

March 21, 2017 ATX

Jondoe

To John Ritchie Let's add (c) a negative test result is outdated upon release as it only looks for antibodies outside the window period. So I am hiv-negative with a recent test is more of a wild assumption as in reality I was hiv-negative fo sure 3 months ago. D) if you tested more than a week ago and have had any sex your status is unknown. Reality check is that your chances of treatment failure or raise in viral load are very minimum as long as you stay on meds.

March 8, 2017 Miami

John Ritchie

That's nice. I hope that part of the NASTAD's efforts to "promote public education and an evidence-based understanding of HIV transmission risk" will include an acknowledgement that a prospective sex partner's claim to be "undetectable" can (a) be an outright lie and (b) can be out-of-date information as it reflects his/her viral load as of the time of the last blood draw which may have been months prior.

March 7, 2017

Terry

I don't see anywhere that nondisclosure is advocated. HIV status should, of course, be disclosed to potential sex partners. Guess what. Many people do not disclose. I was not informed. HIV stigma continues to be rampant, adding insult to injury, so to speak. This campaign to end stigma will help ease the emotional pain that people are subjected to. In my opinion, the stigma is worse among the Gay community. We are Severely isolated. The stigma is worse than having the virus itself.

March 7, 2017 FL

tai_b

I firmly believe that anyone living with HIV, undetectable or not... Should inform any person they are going to engage in sexual activity with... This is true of any transmittable disease, bloodborne disease/disorder, STD, etc... Hell, it is true of the common cold and flu... If it isn't something to be ashamed of... then there should be no issue in stating the truth... This idea that someone shouldn't have to disclose that they have HIV is the foundation stigma is built upon...

March 6, 2017 Florida

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