Public Health Experts Affirm Virally Suppressed People Living With HIV Do Not Transmit the Virus
Leading Association Representing HIV and Hepatitis Public Health Officials Joins Global Public Health Experts in Raising Awareness About the Latest Science of HIV Transmission Risk to End the Dual Epidemics of HIV and HIV-Related Stigma and Reduce New HIV Infections
February 28, 2017
Washington, D.C. -- Today, NASTAD (National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors), a leading non-partisan non-profit association that represents public health officials who administer HIV and hepatitis programs in the U.S. and around the world, published a new statement affirming that durably virally suppressed people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART) do not sexually transmit the virus. The statement accelerates NASTAD's longstanding work to end HIV and promote policies and public health practice grounded in science.
"The science is clear that people living with HIV with a sustained undetectable viral load do not transmit the virus to others. What's also clear is that we have the tools to end the HIV epidemic and HIV-related stigma and make new infections a thing of the past. Today, we tackle a major part of this work by raising awareness about the latest science of HIV transmission risk," remarked NASTAD Executive Director Murray Penner.
"Until now, there hasn't been anyone ensuring this life-changing information is communicated clearly and meaningfully to people living with HIV," said Bruce Richman, Executive Director of Prevention Access Campaign and the Undetectable = Untransmittable Initiative. "NASTAD was the first non-profit to endorse the Prevention Access Campaign's Consensus Statement last year representing a bold step toward sharing a message that will improve the social, sexual, and reproductive lives of millions of people living with HIV in the U.S. and around the world."
Why It's Important
What We Know And What It Means
These findings have been embraced by leading experts in the field, including:
"People living with HIV who achieve viral suppression are a fundamental part of ending new HIV infections in the United States and around the world in our lifetime. History will judge us by how well we respond to this unprecedented opportunity," noted Dr. Demetre Daskalakis.
In conjunction with new and existing partners, NASTAD will continue to advocate at the national level to raise awareness about the latest science of HIV transmission risk and implement policies and practices grounded in our best science void of stigma and discrimination. Finally, NASTAD will continue to monitor the scientific landscape for advances that will enhance our understanding of how to reduce new HIV infections and optimize the quality of life for people living with HIV.
Additional Information and Resources
For more information on the latest science of HIV transmission risk, see the following resources:
This article was provided by National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors. Visit NASTAD's website to find out more about their activities and publications.
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