Prevention Access Campaign and the U=U movement was thrilled to invite the community to experience AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam through the unique perspectives of eight diverse people living with HIV.
The “U=U Social Scholars Program” sponsored by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, shared the experiences of the eight scholars at the U=U pre-conference and throughout AIDS 2018 through collaborative social media channels.
Each of the Scholars - Christian Hui (Canada), Tiommi Luckett (USA), William Matovu (Uganda), Lucy Wanjiku Njenga (Kenya), Karl Schmid (USA), Charlie Tredway (New Zealand), Jennifer Vaughan (USA), and Esther Williams (UK) - has played an important leadership role in the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign, a movement in nearly 100 countries to convey the scientific fact: people living with HIV who take medications as prescribed and have a suppressed or undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit the virus.
Lauded as a “game changer” by the National Institutes of Health Office of AIDS Research, and by The Lancet as a “hugely important campaign based on a solid foundation of scientific evidence,” U=U has the power to transform HIV prevention and care and liberate people with HIV from decades of HIV stigma and fear.
“It’s going to be a fascinating and fun week,” said Bruce Richman who is the Executive Director of Prevention Access Campaign, which launched the U=U movement. “We’re thrilled that Janssen supports our goal to make the incredibly vibrant and educational experience of the International AIDS Conference accessible to the broader community in unique and personal ways, through the eyes of each scholar.”
“Being a community voice is all I aim for, as well as ensuring no one is left behind when it comes to sharing information,” said Lucy Wanjiku Njenga. “This is why being a U=U Scholar is so important to me and to the young people who will get to be part of the process through social media. We cannot have enough of U=U, I will keep shouting from the rooftops until it's our new normal.”
Janssen was the first pharmaceutical company to join the campaign in September 2017.
To see the videos taken by the scholars and their U=U experience at AIDS 2018, follow #UUSCHOLARS #UUAIDS2018 and visit the for other related information.
The U=U Social Scholars Program is sponsored by Janssen Therapeutics, Division of Janssen Products, LP, part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.o
U=U Social Scholars' LIVE Videos
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Karl Schmid's LIVE Videos
Karl Schmid says hello from Amsterdam #AIDS2018 #UUScholars
Karl Schmid interviews Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall (WHO) #UUScholars
Karl chats w/ Timonthy Brown, only man cured of HIV #UUScholars
Karl Schmid holds a very meaningful live interview #UUScholars
Karl Schmid chats with Haitian physician #UUScholars
Karl Schmid interviews Keith Dunn of Jannsen #UUScholars
Karl Schmid interviews Dr. Anthony S. Fauci (NIAID) #UUScholars
Karl Schmid chats with activist William Matovu #UUScholars
Karl Schmid chats with U=U Founder Bruce Richman #UUScholars
Karl Schmid interviews Mercy Ngulube at #AIDS2018 #UUScholars
Karl Schmid chats with head of int'l programs, Haiti #UUScholars