ASHM Report Back
Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.
Perception of Treatment as Prevention among HIV-Positive Gay Men with Sustained Viral Suppression
Currently around 88% of HIV positive patients are on ART.
500 HIV + men, 320 confirmed viral suppression for over 12 months, on ART long-term were asked to respond to the statement: “Being undetectable makes it unlikely that you can pass on HIV during unprotected sex.”
Only 25% believed that being virally suppressed made it unlikely that they can pass on HIV.
2 other studies supported these findings.
These are the patients we would expect are the most likely to know that they have low infectivity, yet consistently it appears they don’t.