Equal Access to the HIV Prevention Revolution
Based on #ScienceNotStigma
All people living with HIV have a right to accurate and meaningful information about their social, sexual, and reproductive health.
Leading US medical experts and leaders from advocacy organizations including AmFAR, AVAC, Black AIDS Institute, Prevention Access Campaign, and San Francisco AIDS Foundation issued a call to action to include U=U as an essential component of ending the epidemic. "A national culturally competent effort is needed to raise awareness of the U=U campaign as a promising approach to reduce HIV stigma, which has a powerful potentiating role in both acquisition risks and treatment challenges." The article also called for providers to communicate U=U to their patients and that advocates use the so-called public health argument from U=U in advocacy.
This finding reinforces existing consensus by WHO and more than [1,025 other organisations] worldwide that people whose HIV viral load is stably suppressed cannot sexually transmit the virus.
With evidence supporting undetectable=untransmittable (U=U) now overwhelming, providers should be routinely communicating the message to all of their patients living with HIV.
It has already been successful in influencing public opinion, causing more people with HIV (and their friends and families) to comprehend that they can live long, healthy lives, have children, and never have to worry about passing on their infection to others.
The CDC officially backing the science behind the campaign is another key step towards U=U being the most important message of 2017 in the fight against HIV.
In 2016, the Prevention Access Campaign, a health equity initiative with the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic as well as HIV-related stigma, launched the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U) initiative.
U = U signifies that individuals with HIV who receive antiretroviral therapy (ART) and have achieved and maintained an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit the virus to others.
This concept, based on strong scientific evidence, has broad implications for treatment of HIV infection from a scientific and public health standpoint, for the self-esteem of individuals by reducing the stigma associated with HIV, and for certain legal aspects of HIV criminalization.
HIV Medicine Association (U.S.): U=U for Providers
New York City DOH
(U.S.) U=U Fact Sheet
LINKAGES (Global) U=U Fact Sheet
UNAIDS (Global) U=U Explainer
U=U by Band U=U, Japan (August, 2019)
U=U - Danny Ssemuli & William Matovu
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Celebrate Love U=U - Moses Supercharger with The Stigmaless Band
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