HIV treatment as prevention – launch of community consensus statement

Gus Cairns, Zoe Smith
Published: 21 February 2014

Update 27 February: thank you to everyone who joined us for the press conference. The community consensus statement website is now live at Please read, sign your support and share widely.

On Thursday 27 February 2014, NAM and EATG, Europe's community group for people with HIV, are launching a consensus statement, for endorsement by the HIV community, on using HIV treatment to prevent the transmission of HIV.

HIV treatment (antiretroviral therapy or ART) if taken as prescribed can effectively render people non-infectious. Reasons this has not already ended the HIV epidemic include lack of access to drugs; no global consensus on who should get them; ignorance about the prevention benefits of ART; stigma against people with HIV; the criminalisation and persecution of groups vulnerable to it; and people's justifiable fear of compulsory or coercive HIV testing and treatment. These issues must be addressed if we are to end HIV.

The consensus statement was developed via an open online consultation, a community meeting in September 2013, and further consultation with key opinion leaders in the HIV community. 

Online press conference

You are invited to an online press conference about the statement, on Thursday 27 February, from 2-2.30pm GMT (3-3.30pm CET; 8-8.30am CST). 

You can register for the press conference online.

Reminders will be sent the day before the press conference, with instructions of how to log in from your computer. The briefing will combine online slides with a live audio presentation and opportunities to ask questions in real time. The briefing will be in English.


  • Welcome and introductions from Caspar Thomson, executive director of NAM.
  • The right time: when to start HIV treatment and who should decide? Brian West, chair of EATG.
  • The greatest epidemic in modern history: the vital role of the HIV community to help end it. Anna Zakowicz, co-chair of the board of directors at the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)
  • A closer look at the community consensus statement and call to action. Gus Cairns, editor at NAM.
  • Q&A

You can download a PDF invitation to the press conference. If there are any journalists you would like to invite, please send their name, publication, email address and telephone number to

This online press conference has been independently developed by EATG and NAM, and was made possible partly thanks to sponsorship from Gilead Sciences Europe, which has had no control or input into the structure or the content of the initiative. NAM's wider New Prevention Options Network has received support from Gilead Sciences Europe, ViiV Healthcare and Merck & Co., Inc. Again, these funders have had no control or input into the content of the project.

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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