The Power of Undetectable: What you need to know about HIV treatment as prevention


Safer Drug Use

HIV-positive people who are on treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load are also considerably less likely to pass HIV through sharing equipment to inject drugs. Research suggests that treatment as prevention can help prevent HIV transmission between people who inject drugs; however, there is not enough evidence to conclude that there is no risk of transmission.

If you use street drugs (or if you inject steroids or hormones), use new needles and other equipment every time to help prevent HIV transmission as well as other blood-borne infections such as hepatitis C. This includes needles, water, spoons, cookers, crack pipes and straws. In many parts of the country, needle/syringe programs and other harm reduction programs distribute these supplies free of charge.