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Life, Stigma Free.

With proper treatment, life with HIV can be just as happy and healthy as life without it. The U=U movement wants to spread that message and erase the stigma that’s been so long attached to those who live with HIV. Read the latest stories and share your own story to inspire others.

Becoming a U=U Community Advocate

Carmaletta Able is a community advocate and peer educator for the U=U Maryland Campaign, and is currently a medical support assistant at the VA Medical Center in Baltimore. How has the understanding of U=U empowered you? Every partner I’ve ever had knows my status. I don’t run into the stigma much. They actually respect me…
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U=U’s Impact on Youth with Dr. Allison Agwu of Johns Hopkins

Dr. Allison Agwu is an Associate Professor of Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Adolescent and Youth Scientific Working Group. Dr. Agwu’s clinical and research interest is in HIV/AIDS, with a special focus on the health disparities and…
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A Chat with Chase Brexton Health Care’s Amit Dhir

Amit Dhir, MBA, MSN, CRNP, is a nurse practitioner with Chase Brexton Health Care’s Infectious Diseases team, and a proponent of the U=U message. How did you first hear about U=U? What was your impression of it at the time? I first heard about the U=U campaign in early 2017 from national community organizations involved…
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Meet Murray Penner of the Prevention Access Campaign

Murray Penner is the North American Executive Director for the Prevention Access Campaign, the organization which kicked off and continues to spearhead the worldwide U=U campaign. Why is the U=U message particularly relevant here in the Baltimore area? The U=U message is relevant for everyone living with HIV. And with approximately 18,000 residents in the…
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Meet Melanie – U=U Maryland Coalition Member

Melanie Reese is a member of the U=U Maryland Coalition and the Executive Director of Older Women Embracing Life, Inc. (OWEL), an organization comprised of women who are long-term survivors and seniors living and thriving with HIV. How did you get involved with the U=U Maryland campaign? I am a member of the Baltimore City…
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Getting the Low-Down on Viral Loads

At the heart of the U=U message is the concept of “undetectable” — the point at which an individual’s viral load is so low, they cannot transmit the virus to sexual partners. But what is a viral load, and how is it determined? We asked Dr. Sebastian Ruhs, director of Chase Brexton Health Care’s Infectious…
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Q&A with U=U Maryland Chair Andrew McCarty

Andrew McCarty is the chair of the U=U Maryland campaign, and has played a guiding role in the development and launch of the U=U message in Baltimore. When and how did you first hear of U=U? A little over two years ago at a Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) meeting in Los Angeles.…
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Treatment is Prevention

“U=U sets people living with HIV free from the fear of transmission. We have been living with and dying from HIV stigma for over 35 years. U=U is a chance to end that stigma.”   Bruce Richman is founding executive director of the Prevention Access Campaign (PAC), which launched the Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U) campaign…
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In July, Anthony S. Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the world’s leading authorities on HIV, publicly agreed at an international conference that people with undetectable viral loads in their blood cannot transmit the virus.

-Lenny Bernstein, November 24, 2017, Washington Post

“Our findings show that there is a negligible risk of sexually transmitting HIV when an HIV-positive sex partner adheres to antiretroviral therapy and maintains a suppressed viral load…”

-Rachel Rodin, Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control, Public Health Agency of Canada

AIDS Conference 2018

“If you’re on suppressive ART, you are sexually noninfectious. The risk is zero,” said Alison Rodger, MD, from University College London, at the International AIDS Conference 2018. To view full article: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/899892 Pictured: Carl Dieffenbach, Bruce Richman, Alison Rodger, Mike Cohen, and Pietro Vernazza at the International AIDS Conference. Originally published on MedscapeHeather BoernerJuly 27, 2018
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