Why I'm Part of the HIV Undetectable = Uninfectious Campaign (Video)
July 11, 2016
When I was diagnosed with HIV at only 22 years of age, I was at a crossroads in my life. From the very get-go, I engaged in taking a proactive stance against the virus and started on antiretroviral therapy, achieving an undetectable viral load shortly after. As someone who is in a mixed-status relationship where treatment as prevention (TaSP) is our chosen form of protection, I felt it was important to participate in the Undetectable = Uninfectious project (U=U) of the new Prevention Access Campaign.
Through my work as an HIV advocate, my influence as a social media blogger and my passion to help others, I feel it's my duty to get the correct information to the masses. We are living in a time where other safe sex strategies exist for HIV prevention.
TaSP is revolutionizing the HIV prevention arena as we know it. Instead of fighting it because of fear, we need to take the opinion out of the conversation and accept what science has and continues to prove time and time again: Undetectable truly does equal uninfectious, and that's why I'm part of the U=U campaign!
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Joshua, CEO of the California non-profit Pozitive Hope, Inc., was diagnosed with HIV at twenty-two and has been involved in advocacy ever since. Whether it be HIV, mental health, or LGBTQ rights, this self-identifying bisexual activist seeks to make a difference in the lives of each and every person possible. He is fluent in Spanish, a full-time college student currently pursuing his degree in Psychology with the hopes to one day be a Clinical Psychologist or Social Worker, and one day hopes to defy the odds once more by becoming a pilot. Your questions, opinions, letters and suggestions are welcome at pozitivehope1@
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