And researchers say that lung cancer prevention through smoking cessation should be a priority in the care of people living with HIV.Those who smoke and have HIV are 10 times more likely to die from lung cancer than the viral disease, a study claims.People with HIV who smoke cigarettes are 10 times more likely to die from lung cancer than from HIV, a study has found.Those diagnosed with HIV are living longer because of the increasingly effective antiviral medications that have been developed in the last 10 years.It means the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has joined scores of public health agencies and more than 400 organizations from nearly 60 countries in affirming that people who take medication are not dangerous to sexual partners.To mark National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the CDC released a letter endorsing the statement that HIV patients who maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner (file image)A person with HIV becomes 'undetectable' when treatment suppresses the virus to a level so low in their blood that it cannot be detected by measurements.
Each person's risk was also determined if they consistently took their antiviral medication for HIV.
Their letter read: 'People who take ART [anti-retroviral therapy] daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.'Speaking to Daily Mail Online, Dr Fauci emphasized the gravity of their statement.
'They have never said undetectable equals untransmittable.
Scores of studies on more than 58,000 sex acts have shown that if a person is undetectable and stays on treatment, they cannot pass HIV on to a partner.
The strength of this association first became clear a few years ago, and gradually health officials have been acknowledging the results.