5 YEARS OF UNDETECTABLE = UNTRANSMISSABLE
July 21st, 2021
We're celebrating the milestone of the Undetactable Equals Untransmissable campaign turning 5 years old.
5 years ago, a global coalition of activists, advocates, and scientists came together to pronounce that Undetectable = Untransmittable or U=U.
We're proud to be a Community Partner of the U=U Consensus Statement issued by the Prevention Access Campaign and strongly endorses the research supported message* that people living with HIV and with a sustained undetectable viral load cannot pass HIV to their sexual partners.
We firmly believe that HIV stigma is fuelled by the fear of HIV transmission – the U=U campaign is potentially one of the most powerful ways in which HIV stigma will be defeated. The fact that we now know that effective HIV treatment has a clear and proven preventative impact means that the need for everyone, no matter where in the world they live, to have easy and fair access to HIV medication is now more urgent than ever before.
*The PARTNER study was an international observational study that estimates the risk of HIV transmission within HIV serodifferent couples (one person is living with HIV, the other is not) who do not use condoms, when the HIV positive person is on antiretroviral therapy and has an undetectable viral load. Read more information about the Partner Studies in this campaign from ViiV Healthcare, supported by George House Trust.