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Viral suppression for HIV treatment success and prevention of sexual transmission of HIV

The science related to the use of ART as an additional prevention tool is clear: there is no evidence that individuals who have successfully achieved and maintained viral suppression through ART transmit the virus sexually to their HIV-negative partner(s). The preventive benefits of ART should be appropriately emphasized in HIV treatment and prevention programmes.

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World Health Organization
Fear of contagion clouds our thinking about the transmission of HIV

There is no legal obligation on a person with HIV to disclose their status, nor is there a law that provides a specific penalty for knowingly transmitting the disease. For the second time this year, this legal situation is being tested in the courts. This raises serious questions about our understanding both of HIV the disease and of personal responsibility with regard to health. Is the contraction of HIV, now a treatable long-term condition, “serious harm”? Who is at fault for contracting a disease? What does fault mean? These are very difficult questions and have vexed societies for as long as contagious diseases have circulated them.

12 July 2018
Irish Times
Does U=U for breastfeeding mothers and infants? Researchers highlight unanswered questions

Research is urgently needed to provide clear recommendations on breastfeeding to mothers with HIV who have an undetectable viral load on antiretroviral treatment, a group

11 July 2018
Keith Alcorn
This new dating research proves so many people still believe outdated HIV myths

A shocking number of people wouldn't swipe right on an HIV positive person who was on effective treatment.

09 July 2018
“Safe Gay Sex” Is Still Happening

The idea of equating “safe sex” to solely condom use is an antiquated notion in the era of PrEP and antiretroviral treatment for those living with HIV.

04 July 2018
HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable: Interview With Bruce Richman

Transcript of YouTube video interview with Bruce richman of U=U: published on YouTube in May 2017.

03 July 2018
The Body
Phobia about HIV still exists more than 30 years after 1st AIDS case in Canada, activists say

Many people don't recognize that people living with HIV, if they are being properly treated, are not infectious, HIV/AIDS activist Tim McCaskell told CBC Radio's Metro Morning this week. He said the stigma stems from fear.

25 June 2018
New Zealand sees drop in people diagnosed with HIV

The number of people diagnosed with HIV in New Zealand has significantly dropped, according to the AIDS Epidemiology Group of Otago University. It has been the first time the number has decreased since 2011. Last year, 197 people were diagnosed, a drop of 46 compared to 2016 when 243 people were diagnosed with HIV. Dr Sue McAllister said despite the drop being encouraging, it was too early to determine whether the decline would be maintained.

20 June 2018
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Swedish Court Decriminalizes Unprotected Sex for HIV-Infected People on Therapy

In a precedent-setting ruling, the Supreme Court of Sweden ruled that "thorough treatment" minimized the risk of infection, thus making a dent in the divulgence requirement for the HIV-positive before having unprotected sex.

08 June 2018
Sputnik News
HIV-negative gay men uncomfortable relying on an undetectable viral load to prevent HIV

Australian HIV-negative gay men express far more confidence in pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) than an undetectable viral load in preventing HIV, with only 18% agreeing that “a person

05 June 2018
Roger Pebody
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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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