The Conversation about HIV Is Changing: Talk Undetectable
For this year's National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (September 27) CDC provided a Dear Colleague letter highlighting advances in HIV prevention, in the form of PrEP, which came into much fuller view in just the past few years. Summarized by many as U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable), PrEP has particular importance for gay and bisexual men, the population most affected by HIV in the United States.
Highlights in the letter include the following:
- 2017 - The release of data on that year's gay men's awareness day that individuals who have viral suppression/remain undetectable can remain healthy and not transmit HIV sexually
- 2018 - Data from multiple studies demonstrating zero cases of HIV transmission among HIV serodiscordant male couples when the infected partner maintained an undetectable viral load