Being on treatment and having an undetectable viral load dramatically reduces the chance of your girlfriend passing HIV onto you.
How high are my chances of contracting it if we are careful?
Dear Reader, There is no way for a sexually active person to be 100 percent certain that s/he is protected from HIV infection or any other sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Condoms are highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV, but sometimes fail. To reduce condom failure, try the following: HIV can complicate relationships in many ways.
Not only is HIV highly stigmatized, but it can also be difficult to manage.
Growing evidence suggests that as HIV medicines become more efficacious, HIV-positive individuals taking antiretroviral medications are significantly less likely to transmit the virus to a sexual partner than someone not taking medication.
In fact, in a study of almost 3,000 monogamous serodiscordant couples, it was found that with the use of antiretroviral therapy, only 3.4 percent of sexually active couples would transmit HIV from the infected to uninfected partner over a period of 100 years. But anyways, I’ve grown to love and want a future with her. Can you please confirm whether you were referring to her CD4 count or her viral load. The aim of treatment is to get the viral load to undetectable (below 50 copies). You mention in your question that your girlfriend’s count is low. If someone is on treatment, viral load tests also show how well the treatment is working.However, there are many ways to reduce risk of transmission, even for an uninfected person in a sexually active relationship with someone who is HIV-positive.Many studies have been conducted on serodiscordant couples, meaning that one partner is HIV-positive and the other is HIV-negative.Dear Alice, I recently began dating a guy who is HIV positive.