Treatment as prevention (TasP) refers to the prevention method that involves consistent antiretroviral treatment for People Living with HIV to prevent forward transmission of the virus. Antiretroviral treatment reduces the viral load (amount of HIV virus) of body fluids, which significantly reduces the risk of transmitting HIV. According to the World Health Organization, “it is certain that TasP needs to be considered as a key element of combination HIV prevention and as a major part of the solution to ending the HIV epidemic”.
HIV Community Link supports the February 2015 International Community Consensus Statement on the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in preventing HIV transmission. We emphasize the importance of a human rights-based approach to treatment initiation based on individual patient factors, consent and self-determination when deciding to use antiretroviral therapy. For more information, read our position statement.