What is TasP?
TasP stands for Treatment as Prevention
[ Treatment = HIV treatment Prevention = Stops onward transmission ]
Using a combination of HIV treatment medications most HIV-positive people are able to reduce the amount of HIV in their body to undetectable levels. This does not mean that they are free from HIV – but it means the amount of HIV in their blood is so small that they cannot transmit the virus.
This level of HIV viral suppression is called Undetectable Viral Load (UVL). You might see this on people’s social profiles as [+U], or poz undetectable.
The way we currently use TasP is through oral combination anti-retroviral therapy – taking a couple of pills every day.
As new medical advancements are achieved, we may use multiple different forms of TasP to protect ourselves. long-acting injectable treatment options are currently being trialled in clinical studies, and more effective drugs are being developed all the time.