U=U PERCEPTION

10/11/20

Scientists from around the world have repeatedly demonstrated there is ZERO risk of HIV transmission to a sexual partner from a person living with HIV who has an undetectable viral load (Undetectable equals Untransmittable, or U=U).  Take that in for a second…zero risk.  PrEP is 99% effective, and condoms have a wide range of effectiveness depending if they’re properly used.

However, a study last year regarding the public’s perception of U=U is really interesting. Overall, 52% of the people surveyed believed the accuracy about U=U.  Of the people surveyed who are living with HIV, 84% of those people believed the accuracy.  But only 54% of people who are HIV-negative believe the accuracy.  And only 39% of people who don’t know their own status believe the accuracy.

While we’ve learned a lot this year about trusting science, the stigma, shame, racial and social inequities, cultural views and lack of education about HIV leaves this incredible stride for reducing the spread of HIV widely unknown – but more tragically – not believed.

Learn more about U=U here, and share the article out with your communities.  We all have ripples we can make to reduce the impact of HIV in all of our lives, regardless of status.