Why have HIV rates remained stable in NSW over the last 10 years?

  • Most gay men have continued to use condoms most of the time.
  • Most gay men limit the unprotected sex (that is sex without condoms) they have to one person - their boyfriend, partner or a regular fuck buddy.
  • More HIV positive men are on effective treatment and as a result, most of them have undetectable viral loads (the viral load is the amount of HIV in the blood). 'Undetectable' means that the level of virus is so low in a test sample of blood that it can't be detected. It doesn't mean that HIV has disappeared entirely. It will still be present in other parts of the body, like the gut.

While undetectable viral load doesn't mean there's zero risk, it does mean that it's much less likely for HIV to be transmitted.

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