People living with HIV

Overview

  • Some people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may be at higher risk of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Undetectable equals untransmittable: people who take antiretroviral therapy for HIV daily as prescribed, and who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load, cannot sexually transmit the virus to an HIV-negative partner. Patients should initiate treatment as soon as possible after diagnosis
  • Men who have sex with men should be tested for STIs every 3 months, and other people living with HIV annually, although patients who are not sexually active may be tested less frequently
  • Hepatitis Bhepatitis C and herpes co-infection are common among people living with HIV