TIL that modern HIV treatments can both prevent transmission of the virus and also prevent its development into AIDS

Read more: https://www.hiv.gov/tasp

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  1. I learned after seeing [this post](https://reddit.com/r/MadeMeSmile/comments/wmk1bg/it_has_been_amazing_to_see_how_aids_has_been/) but for some reason the mods locked it. Here’s the comment I wrote but was unable to post:

    TIL HIV drugs actually prevent the virus’s spread. From [hiv.gov](https://www.hiv.gov/tasp):

    > Almost everyone who takes HIV medicine as prescribed can achieve an undetectable viral load, usually within 6 months after starting treatment.

    On one hand, this is uplifting news (since I’m only learning it now). On the other hand, it does make me wonder why it’s still one of the leading causes of death in young Americans, and why we haven’t just eradicated it altogether. If everyone with the virus accepts treatment, it seems like we could cease almost all transmission and eradicate it completely within two generations.

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