Why is it important to start HIV treatment?
Medical research has shown that the earlier a person starts treatment, the better for his long-term health. Therefor:
- other systems in the body are protected
- the impairments on the neurocognitive abilities are reduced
- there is no chance that the virus will be transmitted to sexual partners.
It has already been conclusively proven that people who take ART have an undetectable viral load (the amount of virus in the body is so low that it cannot be detected), which means that they cannot transmit the virus to their (sexual) partners even if they do not use a condom. This theory became known worldwide as U = U (Undetectable = Untransmittable).