Andrew, Charity and Sadiq: We can’t pass it on

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Andrew, Charity and Sadiq have been living with HIV for some time now and would like everyone to know that people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass on the virus to others.

What you need to know about how treatment stops HIV being passed on

The aim of HIV treatment is to lower the level of HIV (viral load) in someone’s blood to a point where it is so low that it cannot be detected in the laboratory (called an ‘undetectable viral load’). We are using the term effective treatment to mean that someone is on treatment and has an undetectable viral load.

The likelihood of passing on HIV is directly linked to the amount of the virus in your blood. The lower the amount of virus in your blood, the lower the chance of it being passed on, and vice versa. Having an undetectable viral load means that you cannot pass on HIV.

Here’s more about Andrew, Charity and Sadiq.


Andrew is an education and social care worker from Lincoln. Andrew was diagnosed back in 2014 when he and his partner (now husband) decided to get tested. This resulted in his test coming back positive.

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Charity is part of Catwalk 4 Power, an organisation that aims to empower women living with HIV. Charity was diagnosed with HIV the first time she tested back in 2003. She has gone on to share her story as a way of combating outdated perceptions of what it’s like to live with HIV.

Find out more about Charity’s story here:


Sadiq is a model and circus performer from London. He was diagnosed back in 2014 and recently took part in our National HIV Testing Week campaign.

Find out more about Sadiq’s story here:

See how effective HIV treatment stops HIV being passed on.