People with HIV considerably overestimate their chance of infecting someone

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nam/aidsmap, 24 February 2016

Only a small proportion of HIV-positive people in a large US treatment study regarded themselves as non-infectious after up to three years on antiretroviral therapy (ART), and a third of participants regarded their chance of infecting a partner as still “high”, even though only 10% of participants actually had a detectable viral load.

The study showed that there was no correlation between a person’s actual viral load and their belief about how infectious they were.

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By J Pope

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