Jonathan Van Ness tackles stigma on national TV

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Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness has explained on national television how research shows that if you are HIV positive and you have an undetectable viral load – then you cannot transmit this virus to others, so there is no threat even if other people have sex with an HIV+ person or contact their blood. Van Ness, who publicly revealed that he is HIV-positive over the weekend, explained how the HIV virus can be treated and prevented from being passed on. “The term undetectable means there’s a thing called your viral load and that’s how much the virus is in you,” he said, “You take a pill every day and it basically kills all the copies of the virus in your blood, and that means you can achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load”. Van Ness then highlighted studies by the National Institute for Health Research in the UK and the Center of Disease Control (CDC) in the US, which support the evidence that HIV is un-transmittable if the viral load is undetectable.

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