May 16, 2017
SE1 EP1: Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U)
Play • 18 min

A person living with HIV who, has an undetectable viral load, cannot transmit the virus to their sexual partners. To discuss this significant advance in science and its impact, James Watson talks to two people passionate about the topic and the messaging, Laurie Edmiston, the Executive Director of the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE), and Adrian Betts, an HIV-positive activist and the Executive Director of the AIDS Committee of Durham Region.

U=U was first coined by the Prevention Access Campaign and an international Consensus Statement was developed endorsed by over 100 countries.

In the episode Laurie discusses some of the skepticism that surrounds both the statement and the science, but how that became reduced as national agencies like CATIE and the Government of Canada publically endorsed U=U. 

For further reading, check out the Blog section of The Positive Effect for a couple of new posts exploring current understandings and implications of the U=U message.

Visit the episode page on The Positive Effect website for full episode details and more about guests Laurie and Adrian. Click here for the full audio transcript.

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