The fact that people infected with HIV who are virally suppressed cannot sexually transmit the virus to others is now accepted in the HIV/AIDS community as a result of accumulating evidence since the early 2000s. In early 2016, the Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U) slogan was launched by the Prevention Access Campaign to promote the finding. The campaign has been rapidly gathering momentum, having been endorsed by more than 400 organizations from 60 different countries since its launch. Last month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined the movement by endorsing the science in a letter released on National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Links to Resource:
- Read The Lancet article U=U Taking Off in 2017
- Visit The Black AIDS Institute’s blog post 10 Things to Know About HIV Suppression to learn more about undetectable HIV status.
- POZ published How an HIV Science Breakthrough Took Away My Fear and Shame a blogger profile from Roscoe Boyd, a Founding Member of the U=U Steering Committee
- POZ also published two articles showing the CDC’s support for the movement: CDC Backs “U=U” Science and CDC: “Effectively No Risk” of Sexual HIV Transmission if Undetectable
- Read the CDC’s September 2017 Dear Colleague on the HIV/AIDS prevention efforts meant to reduce transmission, and the disparities that still persist in gay and bisexual men, and the observed increases in Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men.