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.
Part of the U=U campaign included a national speaking tour featuring U=U founder Bruce Richman, in partnership with eight state-based HIV organisations. Check out the audio recording of our Melbourne event, presented in partnership with Living Positive Victoria.
You may also have seen the U=U message in mainstream media coverage, including this moving story about PrEP and U=U featuring one of our campaign faces Ed, a long-term HIV survivor.
The U=U campaign identity creative direction was by Elliott Bryce Foulkes and designed by Elle Williams. The U=U videos were produced by Alex Cardy (ACE & Co).
The TIM U=U campaign is delivered in partnership with DYNAMIX INTERNATIONAL
DYNAMIX INTERNATIONAL is owned and operated by PrEP activists who work closely with and also support other PrEP activists and PrEP groups around the world. This support includes providing free batches of PrEP as well as cash subsidies. Their aim is to make PrEP accessible and affordable to as many people as possible in as many countries around the world as possible.