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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
People with HIV who are undiagnosed and those with detectable viral load less likely to use condoms, South African study finds

People with HIV who don't use condoms consistently are more likely to be unaware they are HIV-positive or to have a detectable viral load when

Published
07 December 2017
By
Michael Carter
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
To better target HIV prevention, identify people whose social contacts have high viral loads

Rather than relying on assessment of an individual’s sexual behaviour or of ‘community viral load’, targeting of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and other prevention interventions could in part

Published
23 November 2017
By
Roger Pebody
12 Gay Men Living With HIV Explain What It Means To Be Undetectable

A British LGBTQ advocacy group is hoping to clarify some misconceptions about what it means to be HIV undetectable in a quirky new video. “The Undetectables,” released Tuesday, features testimony from 12 gay men who are living with HIV.

Published
17 November 2017
From
HuffPost
What's it like being in a HIV mixed diagnosis relationship?

'I spent a lot of time researching the condition and I learnt quite quickly that people with HIV live the same length of time as people without. The most important fact is that if your partner is on HIV medication, there's zero chance of being infected."

Published
15 November 2017
From
Metro
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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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