U=U in the NEWS
We are grateful to the journalists and media outlets for sharing the news about U=U since the Consensus Statement was released in July, 2016:
HIV Plus Mag: “In Just 5 Years, Undetectable=Untransmittable Changed History”
September 8th, 2021
“Like all of 2021, the summer of 2016 was a tumultuous, anxiety-inducing time. There was a highly contentious election and, for the LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities, a searing tragedy with the Pulse massacre. Amid the stressors was a huge dose of positivity: the birth of a movement called U=U, or undetectable equals untransmittable.
On July 21, 2016, a group of accomplished doctors, activists, and scientists in the global HIV sphere — including the current director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis — penned a consensus statement that a person living with HIV who is on antiretroviral therapy and who had achieved an undetectable viral load could not transmit the virus to others. Titled, “Risk of Sexual Transmission of HIV From a Person Living With HIV Who Has an Undetectable Viral Load,” the statement was backed up by a litany of quotes, sources, and explanations. The consensus would become known as “Undetectable Equals Untransmittable,” or “U=U,” and would eventually be endorsed by thousands of health and HIV organizations around the globe.
The Prevention Access Campaign, which organized the consensus, has continued to spread its message, advocating for the lessons of U=U to be standard practice in all HIV care. Bruce Richman, founder and executive director of the campaign, believes U=U can not only chip away at HIV stigma but give a sense of freedom and empowerment back to those living with the disease.” Read more at HIVPlusMag.com.
Prevention Access Campaign Celebrates 5 Years of U=U
July 21st, 2021
Happy Birthday U=U !
Undetectable = Untransmittable turned 5 years old on July 21st, 2021. Watch the livestream of the U=U global community celebrating 5 years of living and loving without the fear of passing on HIV.
Watch livestream on Facebook here and check out the U=U Advocate Testimonials clip on YouTube.
Undetectable = Untransmittable Endorsed by United Nations
June 17th, 2021
Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) commends the United Nations (UN) for endorsing Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) in a political declaration adopted at the High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS (June 8-10, 2021). This is a significant milestone toward improving the lives of people with HIV and ending the HIV epidemic. U=U means that people living with HIV who are on treatment and have an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV sexually. U=U is a powerful and proven fact extensively supported by science and endorsed by over 1,000 medical, research, and public health organizations from 102 countries, yet still, U=U is widely unknown.
Read more here.
"To end the HIV epidemic, we must address health disparities"
February 19th, 2021
Following the release of the HIV National Strategic Plan and marking two years since the launch of the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE)—a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services initiative to reduce new HIV transmissions by at least 90% by 2030—researchers, advocates, and other stakeholders reported on the HIV epidemic response in The Lancet HIV in the USA Series(link is external), published online today...
Stigma, discrimination, and bias by healthcare providers were among major barriers to care identified by the series authors and disproportionately affected marginalized racial groups, people who use drugs, and sexual and gender minorities. Healthcare professionals may help address these concerns by cultivating informed, supportive care practices that integrate mental health care and substance counselling. Because internalized HIV stigma can also negatively affect a person’s mental health and adherence to medication, the authors recommended promoting awareness of U=U through a national campaign." Read more at NIH.gov.
PAC Welcomes U=U Ambassadors
January 13th, 2021
The Prevention Access Campaign is thrilled to welcome U=U Ambassadors, a group of U.S.-based leading advocates, activists and healthcare professionals who have played important roles in building the Undetectable = Untransmittable movement. Undetectable = Untransmittable is a global community led movement to share the revolutionary but still widely unknown fact that a person living with HIV who is on treatment and has an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit HIV.
All Ambassadors have received training in the basic U=U science, communications, and advocacy. Working together, Ambassadors and PAC staff educate and build the capacity of providers and communities to integrate the U=U message into sexual health communications, advocacy, and clinical practice.
Learn more about the Ambassadors in POZ Magazine.
US HIV infections could drop by 94% before 2030, if treatment is prioritised
December 21st, 2020
"Modelling estimates suggest that new HIV infections in the US could be reduced by as much as 94% before 2030, if the current HIV prevention budget is spent more efficiently. Priorities would be linking those diagnosed with HIV to care, ensuring that they receive treatment and getting them to the point of viral suppression. Less money would be spent on screening low-risk heterosexuals and PrEP.
This research was conducted by Dr Stephanie Sansom and colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published in the American Journal of Public Health."
Read more in nam aidsmap.
U=U encourages men in South Africa to test for HIV
December 9th, 2020
"As men in sub-Saharan Africa test for HIV less often than women, a team led by Dr Philip Smith of University of Cape Town, South Africa, wanted to know if men would be encouraged to test more when they knew about the U=U message. The team found that when peer promoters told men that an undetectable viral load means that, if they test positive, they cannot pass the virus to sexual partners, they were more likely to go for HIV testing."
Read more in nam aidsmap.
DC Ends HIV adds U=U as Key Strategy
December 9th, 2020
As a part of Washington, D.C.'s plan to End HIV, D.C. Health has added U=U as a key strategy.
"DC Health will assess both individuals and providers to a get a sense of the acceptability of U=U as well as Rapid ART initiation. With new insight on acceptability, DC Health can redesign and relaunch the U=U campaign with updated messaging."
Read more here.
December 8th, 2020
"Today, as the Prevention Access Campaign’s U.S. partnerships and community engagement manager, there’s an even more uplifting message he wants to spread: hope. "In 2016, Prevention Access came out with U=U,” Moore said of the Undetectable=Untransmittable campaign. “Basically with the right medication, the virus in your body becomes so suppressed that it’s undetectable and you can no longer transmit it.” The first step, he urges, is to know your status. For better or worse."
Read more of the article in the Houston Chronicle here.
World AIDS Day 2020: South Carolina and New Jersey issue official proclamations about U=U
December 1st, 2020