Most gay men are unaware of how effective the HIV treatment may be

CANGE, HAITI - MARCH 24: Blood tests wait to be inspected at the lab of Zanmi Lasante Hospital March 24, 2005 in Cange, Haiti. Many HIV positive patients come to be hospitalized here, but the majority of HIV infected people will stay at home in their final stage of life and will die there as most hospitals in the country can not take them. (Photo by Shaul Schwarz/Getty Images)

Despite medical evidence that people on effective treatment for HIV cannot pass on the virus,
only 25% of gay men know about it. New research by the Terrence Higgins Trust found that only one person in four realized that the HIV+ person does not pass the virus if takes meds. As for bisexual people, the statistics is even worse for them – 12% of them know abut it. And from the general public, just 9 percent said they knew that those with an undetectable viral load are unable to pass on HIV. Charity groups believe that HIV+ people are often discriminated because of this gap in people’s knowledge. 32 percent of adults would feel uncomfortable giving First Aid to someone living with HIV who is on effective treatment, according to the YouGov survey of 2,022 people. This compares with 9 percent of gay and lesbian respondents, and 22 percent of bisexual respondents. Meanwhile, 39 percent of the public would be uncomfortable going on a date with someone living with HIV who is on effective treatment, compared to 14 percent of gay and lesbian respondents and 22 percent of bisexual respondents, even though HIV is not transmitted like this.


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