We’ve got an important message to share this summer.
Medical evidence has shown that people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass it on.
If everyone knew this, we could bring an end to stigma around HIV. Not only that, but we could stop HIV transmissions all together.
We’ve launched our Can’t Pass It On campaign, to spread this message far and wide.
The science bit
For the past 20 years, evidence has been building to show that your likelihood of passing on HIV is linked to the amount of the virus in your blood.
Last year, the landmark PARTNER study looked at over 58,000 instances of sex without a condom, where one partner was HIV positive and one was HIV negative. Results found that where the HIV positive partner was on effective treatment (reducing the amount of the virus to ‘undetectable’ levels), there were zero cases of HIV transmission.
This gives us the robust evidence to say, with confidence, that people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass on the virus.
The campaign is supported by Dr Christian Jessen, who said:
'Scientific evidence shows that people on effective treatment for HIV are not infectious.
'This is because the treatment will reduce the amount of the virus in their blood to such a low level that it is no longer able to infect someone via the usual routes.
'That’s a really important and remarkable thing for a number of reasons. First of all, it means there should be no new HIV infections. We can stop HIV being passed on by encouraging people to get tested and treated.
'Secondly, it should take away all the stigma, and it really does allow people to have relationships and live normal lives without fear.
'But the reality is so far from what most people’s awareness of HIV is, and there’s still so much work to do before people are up to date with what HIV means today.'
Want to learn more? Dr Michael Brady, our medical director, has answered your questions about what it means to be ‘undetectable’.
Currently, only 9% of the public know that people on effective treatment can’t pass on HIV.
Pass the message on today. Every share will help educate and change lives.
Many people living with HIV face unfair judgement and discrimination. Not only does this stigma hurt people living with HIV, it also prevents more people coming forward for testing. Please join us to stop this.
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