Ensuring that people living with HIV receive effective HIV treatment makes a major contribution to HIV prevention. People who are taking HIV treatment and have an undetectable viral load do not pass HIV on to their sexual partners.

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  • Becoming a parent should not be denied to HIV positive gay and bisexual men

    If a man cannot pass HIV onto another man during sex because his viral load is undetectable, then it follows that his sperm would not pass HIV to a surrogate or child should he wish to conceive in this way. Even as a well informed HIV activist, this is an aspect of the U=U debate which I had not come across before in the context of same-sex couples.

    22 hours ago | Gay Times
  • Using social media for social good

    Matthew Hodson: I first got involved in HIV charity work in 1999 because I wanted to dispel the ignorance that had resulted in the deaths of so many that I loved. I wanted to give people the knowledge and the skills to empower them in their sexual choices. Considering my goal was to share knowledge it made sense that I would attempt to harness the power of social media. Here’s how I use social media to inform and educate about HIV.

    20 September 2018 | Social CEOs
  • Five Takeaways from the 2018 United States Conference on AIDS

    The 2018 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), the HIV advocacy, education and networking behemoth produced by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), is the benevolent and wealthy grandfather of the HIV conference scene. We adore him sincerely, we marvel at his station in the world and the fortitude that got him there, and we tread carefully. And sometimes, to our delight or to our chagrin, Grandpa does the damnedest things.

    14 September 2018 | My Fabulous Disease
  • What does ‘undetectable’ really mean?

    Things you need to know about the HIV breakthrough.

    26 August 2018 | Daily Xtra
  • Zero HIV cases means zero HIV risk

    How hard is it to say that HIV-positive people who have suppressed the virus through effective antiretroviral drugs do not pose any transmission risk to their sexual partners? Pretty hard, it seems, as just about every day I see some commentator fudge their response, with statements using terms such as “extremely unlikely” or “reduces the risk”. Such woolly statements are no help to people living with HIV.

    22 August 2018 | Thomson Reuters Foundation
  • HIV-Negative Men Are Still Choosing Stigma Over Science

    An HIV-negative writer asks: Why does resistance persist to the “Undetectable = Untransmittable” message?

    22 August 2018 | Poz
  • Undetectable means untransmittable: what you need to know about HIV

    Dr Paddy Mallon, a consultant at the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin and a specialist in infectious diseases, believes the government and public health bodies need to do more. “HIV as a condition has completely changed since the last public health campaign in Ireland over a decade ago,” says Mallon, who is also director of the UCD HIV Molecular Research Group.

    08 August 2018 | Irish Times
  • HIV-positive man sentenced to two years' jail for not telling sex partner about risk of infection

    SINGAPORE: A 29-year-old man was jailed for two years on Wednesday (Aug 1) for having sex with a man without telling him that he ran the risk of contracting HIV infection from him.

    01 August 2018 | Channel NewsAsia
  • Australian doctors to tell HIV patients that 'undetectable=untransmissible'

    In what has been seen as major win for HIV advocates, the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) has released a guide to help doctors understand the ‘Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U)’ campaign.

    24 July 2018 | Gay Star News
  • Undetectable = untransmittable

    Undetectable = untransmittable is the message of a new UNAIDS Explainer. With 20 years of evidence demonstrating that HIV treatment is highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV, the evidence is now clear that people living with HIV with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV sexually.

    24 July 2018 | UNAIDS
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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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