Introduction by Dr Michael Brady
This self-directed learning resource is for all healthcare professionals as well as anyone working with people living with HIV. It's organised in different sections so you can do whatever you have time for and revisit it if you'd like to explore anything in more detail. Some sections end with a quiz to test your knowledge.
We encourage you to use our feedback form to let us know how you get on and help us develop this training further.
Can't Pass It On and Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) mean that people living with HIV who are on effective treatment cannot pass the virus on to their sexual partners.
HIV treatment works by reducing the amount of the virus in the blood to ‘undetectable’ levels, which means they have an undetectable viral load.
The fact that an undetectable viral load means a zero risk of sexual transmission is an important public health message, alongside the fact that treatment means people living with HIV can live long and healthy lives. U=U helps to dismantle HIV stigma; promotes testing, encourages treatment and staying in care; and has the potential to transform the reproductive, sexual, social and personal lives of people living with HIV.
However, research has shown that healthcare professionals aren't always getting this message across to people living with HIV. This has a negative impact by perpetuating fears and anxiety about transmission risk.
On these pages you'll find the following subjects:
- Why U=U is important.
- The evidence supporting the U=U message.
- Talking to patients about U=U.
- Dealing with difficult questions.
- Discussing U=U in primary care.
- The patient’s perspective.
- The global perspective.
- More on the background research behind U=U.
For our videos on 'the evidence supporting the U=U message’ and ‘dealing with difficult questions’, you can find chapters within the video to help you quickly find the information you're looking for.
You can download an editable Microsoft Word document below so you can create a log for your Continuing Professional Development (CPD), showing:
- What you want to learn from this training course.
- What you learnt that will help you in your practice.
- What more you think you need to learn/would like to learn and how are you going to pursue that.
This document can be used as evidence of informal CPD hours. You can also use it as part of a reflective discussion with the rest of your team.
About this training
Contributors to this training include Professor Alison Rodger, Professor Chloe Orkin, Dr Michael Brady, Dr Mel Gardner and Bruce Richman.
This project has been supported with an educational grant via the Gilead UK and Ireland Fellowship Programme.