HIV-Positive Gay Men Can Now Have Sex Without Condoms

A new study has found that gay men with HIV can now have sex without condoms. Thanks to daily pills, they no longer have to live in fear that they will transmit the uncurable virus to their lovers, according to the Daily Mail. 

British and Danish researchers studied men who were given antiretroviral therapy (ART) for eight years, and they found that they became sexually non-infectious thanks to the medication. The participants of the trial showed no evidence of transmission of HIV, which can become AIDS if left untreated. 

ART treatments include daily pills that stop the virus from replicating. It does not cure people of HIV but it does reduce the risk of transmitting the virus. 

Researchers from the University College London and the University of Copenhagen studied 1,000 gay couples from different countries between 2010 and 2018. The couples reported having sex thousands of time without condoms and never once transmitting HIV to non-HIV positive lovers. 

"What’s most important now is ensuring that we continue to share this message and educate people as far and wide as possible, to help improve the lives of people living with HIV across the world," medical director of the Terrence Higgins Trust, Michael Brady, said.

An estimated 36.7 million adults and children have HIV worldwide.