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Do you know what U=U is?

U=U

by Mike Hellman

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Do you know what U=U is? It is, for some, new terminology used by leading HIV activists to identify the phrase Undetectable=Untransmittable.  It is supported by scientific evidence (e.g., proven study results).  This topic recently permeated the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) and rightly so.  Discussions highlighted both the science and sensitivity to those who are detectable (over half in the U.S. are still detectable).

To better understand what U=U really means there are some caveats. First, a PLWH (person living with HIV) must be undetectable for at least 18 continuous months.  Also, untransmittable refers to the probability of sero-conversion in an uninfected partner.  All that being said, the bottom line is there is a low probability of passing along the virus when a PLWH is healthy and undetectable.  That's why science wants to promote this - to keep people in treatment and healthy.  After all Treatment is Prevention. There are always blips in the numbers and those too could have a significant impact, especially if you are unaware of them. Many HIV positive are only having viral load checked every six months. Regardless of what you believe, there are still a high number of other sexual transmitted infections (STIs) that an HIV positive person can be more susceptible to.  Be vigilant and care for your body.  Feel free to express yourself but also understand the consequences.  I believe in U=U. What do you think?

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