An HIV undetectable status means HIV cannot be transmitted
A community brief on U=U (Undetectable = Untransmissible) drafted by the International Council of AIDS Services Organisations (ICASO) based out of Toronto, Canada in partnership with several Canadian organisations has been launched at the annual Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) conference currently being held in Canberra, Australia.
“U=U beaks down the sero-divide which has been so detrimental for so many years across or communities” says Darryl O’Donnell from the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations. “It’s time the world took notice about the new facts of what it means to be living with HIV in 2017” says Cipri Martinez, President of the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia. “A person living with HIV who has an undetectable viral load because they are on HIV treatment cannot pass on the virus. Full Stop.”
The recent Undetectable = Untransmittable consensus statement, issued by the Prevention Access Campaign (based out of the United States) in conjunction with recent clinical findings, started an important global conversation on how the HIV community should respond to new information regarding sexual transmission in this context, including the importance of how communications about how being on HIV treatment and the prevention benefits can and should reflect differences in access and experience of people living with HIV in different regions of the world.
“ICASO is very proud to be launching this community resource at this conference in a country well known for its innovation in its response to HIV” says Brent Allan, ICASO’s Senior Advisor on Policy and Programs.
Scott McGill, Acting CEO of ASHM continues, “We are thrilled to be able to launch this important community brief at this conference with our peak community agencies in Australia at this conference and it builds upon from the Australian medical consensus statement that was issued at last year’s conference on the Sexual transmission of HIV and the law.”
This brief provides a detailed analysis of the scientific, legal, policy and advocacy implications of U=U for people living with HIV and the broader HIV community sector. It also provides information on how this new scientific evidence can support civil society advocacy on scaling up access to ART and viral load diagnostics that are required to achieve the UNAIDS 90- 90-90 targets - being that 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression by 2020.
The full community brief, available in English, French, Spanish and Russian can be downloaded here.
For further information please contact:
Brent Allan, Senior Advisor Policy and Programs ICASO
Brent Allan - Senior Advisor Policy and Programs
ICASO - International Council of AIDS Service Organisations
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