Undetectable = Untransmittable
The New/Last Era of HIV
We are living in a new era of HIV treatment and prevention. If we use the tools of this era correctly, we can make it the last. With the results of the “Partner 2” study released in 2018, we can now say, more confidently than ever, that Undetectable really does equal Untransmittable:
With treatment as simple as one daily pill, a person living with HIV can reduce the amount of HIV in their blood until it is undetectable. Once undetectable, the virus cannot harm the person’s immune system, and they cannot pass HIV to sexual partners. Undetectable=Untransmittable.
In the current era, timely HIV-Testing means the start of a normal, healthy life, no matter what the result. The critical question no longer lies between positive and negative, but between knowing and not knowing.
- A positive result means a quick start to treatment that will, if maintained, render the virus irrelevant.
- A negative result offers the opportunity to start a once-daily PrEP medication, and live HIV-risk-free.
In the current era, treatment is prevention. U=U means that when we commit to offering comprehensive HIV treatment, we are also decreasing the spread of HIV in our community.
In the current era, there is no room for stigma. HIV is now a chronic illness, that—like asthma or diabetes—we cannot yet cure, but we can effectively manage. When we spread the news that U=U, we chip away at the fear and ignorance that underwrite laws and attitudes, which criminalize and shame. When we spread the word that U=U, we build the world in which we want to live.
How Can You Help Make This the Last Era of HIV?
Get Tested! Make testing a routine part of your preventative healthcare. Knowing your status is key to ending the epidemic. Find an Equitas Health testing clinic near you. Find other testing locations in your area.
Get Treatment! A positive HIV test result means the start of your new healthy life. Starting treatment quickly will stop the virus from attacking your immune system and help you lower your viral load so that you cannot pass HIV to sexual partners. Make an appointment today!
Get PrEP! A negative HIV test result means the opportunity to start PrEP, daily medication up to 99% effective at preventing HIV. Talk to a provider at an Equitas Health Medical Center in Columbus or Dayton about PrEP. Find PrEP providers throughout Ohio.
Get PEP! If you think you’ve been exposed to HIV within the past 72 hours, you should start PEP today. (PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, is an emergency-based treatment for the prevention of HIV after exposure has occurred. Contact an Equitas Health Medical Center or go to an urgent care or emergency room immediately.
Participate in AIDS Walk Ohio on Saturday, April 13, 2019! As an AIDS Walk Ohio participant you will fuel efforts to stop HIV in Ohio not only by raising critical funds to prevent and treat HIV, but by starting conversations about U=U among your family and friends, and fighting stigma with knowledge of the latest research. Join today and start spreading the U=U message!
Advocate! Subscribe to Equitas Health Advocacy Alerts and learn about opportunities to support continued funding for HIV treatment, prevention, and support services and dismantle archaic HIV criminalization laws in Ohio.
Bring the U=U Message to Your Agency! The Equitas Health Institute is offering a free training titled “Contemporary Prevention Tools to Halt New HIV infections and End the Epidemic” to community health and social service organizations across Ohio. Many healthcare and social service providers are reluctant to endorse the research that confirms U=U and PrEP. Even more concerning, populations most at risk of contracting HIV are those most often denied the information and treatment they need to live safe and satisfying lives. This training will prepare your medical or social service team to fully endorse PrEP, PEP, and U=U interventions. Schedule a training today!
Join the 2019 U=U Learning Tour! Ohioans living with HIV deserve to know that if they have an undetectable status, they can live without fear of passing the virus to sexual partners. The Equitas Health Institute is conducting U=U learning sessions for people living HIV. All events include a free meal. Currently scheduled events are listed below, with more to follow. Contact Dom Ali for more information.
- Lima | FEB 13 | Lima Public Library | 12-4pm
- Newark | MAR 6 | Newark Public Library | 5-8PM
- Mansfield | MAR 8 | Equitas Health Mansfield | 1:30-3PM
- Athens | MAR 13 | Athens Public Library | 3:30-5PM
- Toledo | MAR 15 | Equitas Health Toledo | 2-5PM
Fight Stigma! Share these U=U memes with your friends and family. Sharing the U=U message fights the stigma that keeps people from getting tested, getting treatment, and becoming undetectable and untransmittable.