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FAQs

What is U=U?

Consistent use of HIV medication suppresses the virus to undetectable levels. That makes you untransmittable. You can’t spread the virus sexually.

What does undetectable mean?

HIV can’t be found in your usual blood tests for at least 6 months in a row.

What is a viral load?

It is the amount of HIV virus in your body. When a person takes their HIV meds as prescribed, the amount of HIV virus in the body goes down.

So, I can’t transmit HIV sexually if I am undetectable?

If you stay on your meds and your viral load is undetectable then it won’t be transmitted.

Are you saying it’s impossible to get HIV from someone who is undetectable?

There have been no confirmed cases of HIV sexual transmission from an undetectable person.

How long will it take for me to get to undetectable?

Generally, it takes about 16 to 24 weeks of treatment.

I stopped taking my HIV meds, am I still undetectable?

If you stop taking your meds, your viral load will increase and you will not stay undetectable.

Can I get other STDs if I am undetectable?

Yes, you can get other STDs, HIV meds do not stop other sexually transmitted diseases.

Do I need to use condoms if I am untransmittable?

It’s up to you. Condoms provide protection for other STDs.

Should my HIV negative partner use PrEP or condoms?

Everyone should have a plan for protecting themselves. Your partner should decide what works for them.
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RESOURCES

Santa Clara Public Health Department

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department provides low-cost testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Their Positive Connections Program can answer many questions about your sexual health and offers community support for people living with HIV. Learn more at GetTestedSCC.org.

Positively Aware

Positively Aware is a publication of TPAN, the Test Positive Aware Network, which empowers everyone living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS, to live open, healthy and productive lives.

NMAC

Formerly known as National Minority AIDS Council, NMAC leads with race to urgently fight for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in America.

PrEP is For

“It’s not about who you are or how much sex you have.” For friends, lovers, and family members who are HIV-negative, PrEPisLiberating.org offers insights into Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the daily pill that protects you from HIV.

Bill Wilson Center

The Circle of Care HIV/AIDS Support Program offers free support to anyone impacted by HIV, including weekly groups conducted in English and Spanish.

Asian Americans for Community Involvement AACI – HOPE Program

The AACI HIV Outreach, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Program provides free HIV Rapid Testing, Counseling and Referrals, and a variety of community outreach activities in Santa Clara County.

University of California San Francisco: HIVE

HIVE is a leader in prenatal, pre-conception and women’s HIV care. You’ll find a lot of information for transgender women and men there as well.

Santa Clara Public Health Department

The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department provides low-cost testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Their Positive Connections Program can answer many questions about your sexual health and offers community support for people living with HIV. Learn more at GetTestedSCC.org.

Positively Aware

Positively Aware is a publication of TPAN, the Test Positive Aware Network, which empowers everyone living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS, to live open, healthy and productive lives.

NMAC

Formerly known as National Minority AIDS Council, NMAC leads with race to urgently fight for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in America.

PrEP is For

“It’s not about who you are or how much sex you have.” For friends, lovers, and family members who are HIV-negative, PrEPisLiberating.org offers insights into Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the daily pill that protects you from HIV.

Bill Wilson Center

The Circle of Care HIV/AIDS Support Program offers free support to anyone impacted by HIV, including weekly groups conducted in English and Spanish.

Asian Americans for Community Involvement AACI – HOPE Program

The AACI HIV Outreach, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Program provides free HIV Rapid Testing, Counseling and Referrals, and a variety of community outreach activities in Santa Clara County.

University of California San Francisco: HIVE

HIVE is a leader in prenatal, pre-conception and women’s HIV care. You’ll find a lot of information for transgender women and men there as well.
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