Spain: Anal sex without a condom with steady partners is partly related to the "Swiss Statement"

Anal sex without a condom with steady partners is partly related to the "Swiss Statement", a recently published analysis of Spanish EMIS data finds. Among men with a high level of HIV/STI knowledge, being HIV-positive with undetectable viral load was highly associated with reporting non-concordant anal intercourse without a condom. In a scenario of an HIV-positive EMIS participant who reports anal sex without a condom with a non-concordant steady partner, it is likely that the partner's HIV status is not unknown but known to be HIV-negativ. After the Swiss Federal Commission on Sexual Health had released a respective claim in 2008, it is increasingly accepted that "unprotected" anal intercourse, given that the viral load of the HIV-positve partner is effectively suppressed, is as safe as using a condom. Future measures on risk-taking should take this into account. (The article is in Spanish and had been published online in November 2013).