U = U

New scientific studies shows that someone with an undetectable HIV viral load cannot transmit the virus to their partner. A viral load is the amount of HIV that can be measured in the blood of a person living with HIV. If the viral load is so low that it can’t be detected on a test, then the person is considered undetectable also called “virally suppressed.” People who are virally suppressed/undetectable cannot transmit the virus sexually to their partners, even without using condoms or PrEP.

"Once you begin therapy, you stay on therapy, with full virologic suppression you not only have protection from your own HIV….. but you also are not capable of transmitting HIV to a sexual partner. With successful antiretroviral treatment, that individual is no longer infectious." Carl W. Dieffenbach, Ph.D., Director, Division of AIDS, NIAID, NIH. NIH Video interview (August, 2016)

In November 2019, the New Mexico Department of Health endorsed the international effort by the Prevention Access Campaign to promote the message of "U = U". This was announced at several World AIDS Day events, including in a presentation by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in Santa Fe.

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