May 26, 2023

Anyone who engages in unsafe sex could be exposed to HIV infection. Dr. Pamela Payne-Foster, a preventive medicine physician with UA’s College of Community Health Sciences, says people concerned about possible exposure to HIV should get tested right away and, if positive, start taking HIV medicine. She says the medication reduces the body’s HIV viral load, which keeps the immune system working and prevents illness – and an undetectable viral load can prevent transmission of HIV to others.

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