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U=U laggards draw fire from the community

The Global U=U picture is good, but community activists are stepping up the heat on organizations which have been slow to embrace it. Today the spotlight is on Greater than AIDS, GNP+ and in Canada, the Ontario AIDS Network.

Published
17 January 2018
From
Positive Lite
Study suggests many gay and bisexual men are skeptical about U=U, but attitudes are on the rise

Numerous well-controlled trials have recently demonstrated that there is effectively no risk of HIV transmission during sex with a partner who has a sustained, undetectable viral load (Undetectable = Untransmittable). The Hunter CHEST study sought to examine how accurate gay and bisexual men perceive this message to be by surveying more than 12,000 men across the United States in the summer of 2017.

Published
16 January 2018
From
EurekAlert!
Do you speak U=U? Talking to patients about treatment as prevention

NAM's Executive Director Matthew Hodson addresses the BHIVA Autumn Conference on treatment as prevention and U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable).

Published
09 January 2018
From
BHIVA
Why Going Bareback Was The Best Sex Decision I Ever Made

I no longer use condoms and I have no regrets. Evidence now suggests that, if you take PrEP daily, as I always do, the risks of HIV infection is roughly the same, or lower, than condoms, and I’ve rediscovered a world of pleasure denied to me for more than 30 years.

Published
05 January 2018
From
Huffington Post
Undetectable = Untransmittable -- The Noise, the Joys and the Nuances

Let's focus on how U=U should impact our delivery of HIV care services to people living with HIV. Here are some "musts" on my list.

Published
11 December 2017
From
The Body
Statement on behalf of the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health

"Across studies to date, there have been no confirmed cases of sexually transmitted HIV to an HIV-negative partner when the HIV-positive partner was continuously on antiretroviral therapy (ART) with sustained viral suppression. We have known for some time that ART is critical for maintaining and improving the health of a person living with HIV. It has also become evident that when a person living with HIV is on ART, takes their medications consistently as prescribed and maintains a confirmed suppressed viral load, there is effectively no risk of their passing the infection on to their sex partners."

Published
05 December 2017
From
Public Health Agency of Canada
Undetectable = Untransmittable. So Why The Hell Isn’t That Catching On?

One can’t help but wonder what role racism plays in the field’s apparent distrust of people with HIV. [They] have been knowing (and practising) viral suppression as a responsible and ethical prevention strategy for years, with limited support from their providers - sometimes facing stigma and discrimination as a result of this choice. It’s a travesty that it took this long for public health and the HIV field to catch up. And have we really? How many HIV and LGBTQ organizations have retrained their staff to make sure they understand the science?

Published
04 December 2017
From
Huffington Post
World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

When CATIE endorsed the U=U consensus statement this year, many lauded us for helping to spread the message across Canada. But we also faced resistance from those who felt the message was dangerous. We heard concerns about sharing this news with clients. Will people living with HIV and their partners abandon condoms? Will we see an upsurge in other sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhea? Will people no longer take the risk of HIV transmission seriously?

Published
01 December 2017
From
CATIE
Yusef Azad from National AIDS Trust: The HIV revolution begins?

It’s been a revolutionary, momentous year in the UK for the gay community and our fight against HIV. 2017 could go down in history as the year we turned the corner and saw the beginning of the end of the epidemic. This World AIDS Day it’s worth reminding ourselves how we got here, and what more there is still to do.

Published
01 December 2017
From
Boyz
'I don't feel like I'm a threat anymore.' New HIV guidelines are changing lives.

Last year, Chris Kimmenez and his wife asked their doctors a simple question. Could Chris, who has been HIV positive since 1989 but keeps the virus in check through medication, transmit it sexually to Paula?

Published
27 November 2017
From
Washington Post
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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