U = U
Undetectable = Untransmittable
U=U is a simple but hugely important campaign based on a solid foundation of scientific evidence. It has already been successful in influencing public opinion, causing more people with HIV (and their friends and families) to comprehend that they can live long, healthy lives, have children, and never have to worry about passing on their infection to others.
Why is U = U Important?
A groundswell of research confirms that when a person living with HIV is on effective treatment, it will reduce the level of HIV to "undetectable" levels which protects their health and makes them incapable of transmitting HIV to their sexual partners, or what we call "Undetectable = Untransmittable: U=U". As a prevention strategy, this is often referred to as Treatment as Prevention.
The U=U message is an unprecedented opportunity to transform the lives of millions of people with and affected by HIV and to radically transform the field:
Improves the lives of people living with HIV by dramatically reducing the shame and fear of sexual transmission and opening up possibilities for conceiving children without alternative means of insemination.
Dismantles HIV stigma on the community, clinical, and personal level.
Encourages people living with HIV to start and stay on treatment, which keeps them and their partners healthy.
Strengthens advocacy efforts for universal access to treatment, care, and diagnostics to save lives and bring us closer to ending the epidemic.
It's a game changer for people living with HIV and for the field that people on effective treatment cannot transmit HIV, but it's still widely unknown. U=U and our partners are changing the narrative.
Please consider telling the story of your journey to becoming undetectable to encourage others to do the same.
Feel free to identify yourself or remain anonymous
Ideas you may want to include… these are just suggestions, feel free to tell your story your way
Demographics – race, age sex at birth, sex you identify as, religion
Your history – where you’re from, education, employment
How you learned you were HIV positive
Your thoughts/ feelings when you learned you had HIV
What you remember from your first visit to RCID
Your first viral load count, your current viral load count
How long did it take to get undetectable
Challenges you’ve face to get to or stay undetectable
What or who encouraged you to take your medication & stay undetectable
What you learned along your journey, what you would have done differently that you think would be helpful for someone else
Anyone you want to recognize from RCID, CCHN, THP, Higher Ground that has impacted your life and how – a provider, nurse, counselor, administrative staff, other