U=U

Undetectable is Untransmittable

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  • People who are HIV-positive that follow their medication plan, see their health care provider regularly and maintain an undetectable viral load for at least six months cannot pass HIV on to their sexual partners.1,2,3,4,5
  • An undetectable viral load means that the amount of HIV in the blood is so low, it cannot be measured. 1,3
  • About 80% of HIV-positive people receiving regular HIV care and anti-retroviral therapy (ART) have an undetectable viral load.1
  • Most people reach an undetectable viral load within six months of starting ART.1,4
  • The only way to make sure you have an undetectable viral load is to be tested by your HIV care provider regularly – usually every three to six months.1,3
  • If you stop taking your HIV medication, your viral load can increase, and you can begin spreading HIV to your partners, even if you were previously undetectable.1,3,4
  • Even with an undetectable HIV viral load, you’re still vulnerable to other infections. Only condoms can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.1,4

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About U=U

The Prevention Access Campaign is a community of people living with HIV, researchers, organizations and allies who want to spread the message of U=U. More than 800 organizations from 97 countries endorse the fact that HIV-positive people living with an undetectable viral load will not pass HIV along to their partners.5

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