U=U was launched in early 2016 by a group of people living with HIV who created a ground breaking Consensus Statement in conjunction with global experts to clear up any confusion regarding the science behind treatment as prevention (TasP) which has been recast as U=U. That Statement was the genesis of the U=U movement that is changing the definition of what it means to live with HIV.
ICASO is a proud partner and supporter of the U=U movement and is committed to sharing the messages inherent in U=U in our effort to dismantle HIV stigma, improve the lives of people living with HIV, and bring us closer to ending the epidemic. Through the production of community led and evidence based resources including supporting community action to promote the U=U message, ICASO continues to play its role is seeing and end to HIV.
You may have heard that U=U, but do you know what it means?
U=U stands for Undetectable = Untransmittable. It means that when a Person Living with HIV is on regular treatment that lowers the amount of virus in their body to undetectable levels, there is zero risk of passing on HIV to their partners. This is commonly referred to as having an undetectable viral load. That’s right, if HIV is undetectable, then it’s untransmittable. U=U means zero risk of HIV. Pretty game-changing, right? To get that message out there, we hopped into bed with five community members who all know that U=U. Check out their “In Bed with U=U” videos and share them online to help let everyone know that U=U!
U=U is one of many ways we can all help to end HIV. If you’re a Person Living with HIV, you can rest assured that being on effective, ongoing treatment and having an undetectable viral load means there is zero risk of you passing HIV on to your partners. If you’re HIV negative, you can finally abandon the untrue and unfair idea that People Living with HIV should be avoided as potential partners. You get to choose your options for HIV-protected sex, but you now know that U=U means more options for U! After decades of fear and stigma, we can all breathe a sigh of relief (and pleasure!) thanks to U=U. Got more questions? Our friends at Prevention Access Campaign have got answers
The International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) developed this brief to provide the HIV community with current information and analysis of new and updated clinical data on the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in preventing HIV transmission to sexual partners of people living with HIV. ...