“As far as dating goes, I don’t need to convince someone else that they are safe to date me because I am undetectable,” says Curry.
The chance of acquiring HIV from a partner who is undetectable very well might be zero.
But that’s not what this study says, at least not yet.
In an analysis presented to the world in March at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, the study’s researchers also excluded any couple in which the HIV-positive partner’s viral load had gone above 200 copies per milliliter of blood.
That’s the threshold at which they declared a person stopped being “undetectable.” Perhaps unnerving for anyone trying to keep their viral load down, that was the case for 16 percent of couples.
The researchers themselves point out that their study isn’t the end-all for concerns about transmission.