We Did the Math: What’s Your Long-term Risk of Transmitting HIV?

The authors of a pair of new studies have created mathematical models to show how a small per-act risk of HIV transmission can translate to more substantial long-term risk after many sexual acts.

NOTE: While these studies’ findings can’t be applied to individual circumstances and aren’t necessarily an exact roadmap to navigating risk, they do teach important lessons about how to think about risk.

Time to Update the Map! Iowa Pushes the Boundaries on HIV Criminalization ReformGovernor Terry Branstad (R–Iowa) has just signed into law a tiered sentencing system that replaces the previous one-size-fits-all approach to HIV criminal law. The state will now take into account whether or not there was intent and/or risk for transmission before sentencing HIV-related crimes.
Iowa is officially the first state to repeal its HIV-specific criminal statute.

Time to Update the Map! Iowa Pushes the Boundaries on HIV Criminalization Reform

Governor Terry Branstad (R–Iowa) has just signed into law a tiered sentencing system that replaces the previous one-size-fits-all approach to HIV criminal law. The state will now take into account whether or not there was intent and/or risk for transmission before sentencing HIV-related crimes.

Iowa is officially the first state to repeal its HIV-specific criminal statute.

HIV-Positive Youths Tend to Delay Their Entry Into CareBetween 30 and 45 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 receive treatment for HIV when they already had a CD4 count below 350. That’s bad, say experts, because those with lower CD4 counts tended to have higher viral loads, making them more likely to transmit the virus to others.

HIV-Positive Youths Tend to Delay Their Entry Into Care

Between 30 and 45 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 receive treatment for HIV when they already had a CD4 count below 350. That’s bad, say experts, because those with lower CD4 counts tended to have higher viral loads, making them more likely to transmit the virus to others.

One More Study Shows PrEP Doesn’t Lead to Riskier SexPrEP was approved in 2012 as an HIV prevention tool that can reduce the risk of transmission by more than 90% if used correctly. However, the antiretroviral has remained controversial, and sparsely used, in no small part because of concerns that it will lead to sexual risk bingeing.

One More Study Shows PrEP Doesn’t Lead to Riskier Sex

PrEP was approved in 2012 as an HIV prevention tool that can reduce the risk of transmission by more than 90% if used correctly. However, the antiretroviral has remained controversial, and sparsely used, in no small part because of concerns that it will lead to sexual risk bingeing.