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Here’s why you test positive for HIV if you’re undetectable

Why might people living with HIV get tested for HIV? Now that we know undetectable equals untransmittable (U=U), some people may have the misconception that if you’re undetectable, you will no longer test positive for HIV. They may think that if they test HIV-negative on an HIV test, they’ll be able to show this to their sex partners as a way to “prove” that they’re undetectable and untransmittable. Or, they may think it will be easier to tell partners they’re HIV-negative rather than undetectable and uninfectious.

11 June 2019
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
New Zealand: The tide turns on HIV

The goal to virtually eliminate HIV transmission in NZ by 2025 suddenly looks attainable. Dr Peter Saxon explains why.

17 May 2019
Stop doubting the evidence – people living with HIV and on effective treatment cannot pass it on

People living with HIV still have to face stigma due to people who refuse to believe the scientifically proven power of modern day effective treatment

09 May 2019
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Risk of HIV transmission through condomless sex in serodifferent gay couples with the HIV-positive partner taking suppressive antiretroviral therapy (PARTNER): final results of a multicentre, prospective, observational study

Our results provide a similar level of evidence on viral suppression and HIV transmission risk for gay men to that previously generated for heterosexual couples and suggest that the risk of HIV transmission in gay couples through condomless sex when HIV viral load is suppressed is effectively zero. Our findings support the message of the U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable) campaign, and the benefits of early testing and treatment for HIV.

03 May 2019
The Lancet
Opposites Attract study: HIV-positive/negative couples used multiple strategies to prevent HIV transmission

Two years ago, the Opposites Attract study found no transmissions between 343 regular gay couples of differing HIV status where the HIV-positive partner had a viral load

01 May 2019
Gus Cairns
Most UK clinic staff now tell people about U=U, but not always in the same way

Two presentations at this month’s British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference in Bournemouth show that most specialist healthcare workers are now informing people with HIV that if their

29 April 2019
Gus Cairns
Breastfeeding with an undetectable viral load: some insights into the current UK situation

Over a third of HIV-positive women in the final stages of pregnancy or who have recently given birth would like to breastfeed, according to research presented to

26 April 2019
Michael Carter
New Policy for British Columbia Prosecutors Still Harms People Living with HIV

The British Columbia Prosecution Service (BCPS) has issued an updated policy on criminally prosecuting cases of alleged HIV non-disclosure. This policy falls short of what is needed and continues to put people living with HIV in British Columbia at risk of unjust prosecution.

25 April 2019
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
'I finally feel sexually liberated from the stigma associated with HIV'

Cath's HIV diagnosis cast a shadow over her being able to meet a partner. But now thanks to what's known as U=U she can have sex knowing she has a negligible risk of transmitting the virus. She explains, however the significant hurdle she still has to overcome.

02 April 2019
Special Broadcasting Service Australia
US: The Porn Industry Is Rethinking How It Works With HIV Positive Performers

In late January, tucked away in a fluorescent-lit conference room at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, dozens of porn industry insiders gathered for a panel on the latest in HIV research.It was a lightning rod for industry debates around HIV, sex worker rights, and homophobia because it raised the possibility of introducing a testing system that meets the needs of performers with HIV.

27 March 2019
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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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