By the time you read this, we hope that you’ve heard or read about the amazing campaign started by Bruce Richman from Prevention Access in Brooklyn New York City. The goal is to educate as many people as possible, but especially the gay male community, about the effects of treatment as a form of preventing the infection and spread of the HIV virus.

In simple terms, undetectable equals untransmittable (uequalsu). Meaning, a guy who is HIV positive, but on proper treatment and has an undetectable viral load, is unable to transmit, or rather, infect anyone with this virus. Even when sex is without a condom.

We proudly stand with this campaign because it is based on science, and not fear. The facts are clear.

There is now evidence-based confirmation that the risk of HIV transmission from a person living with HIV (PLHIV), who is on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and has achieved an undetectable viral load in their blood for at least 6 months is negligible to non-existent. While HIV is not always transmitted even with a detectable viral load, when the partner with HIV has an undetectable viral load this both protects their own health and prevents new HIV infections.[i]  

However, the majority of PLHIV, medical providers and those potentially at risk of acquiring HIV are not aware of the extent to which successful treatment prevents HIV transmission.[ii] Much of the messaging about HIV transmission risk is based on outdated research and is influenced by agency or funding restraints and politics which perpetuate sex-negativity, HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

Hey, don’t just believe us…

The full consensus statement statement has been endorsed by:

  • Dr. Michael Brady – Medical Director of Terrence Higgins Trust and Consultant HIV Physician, London, UK

  • Dr. Myron Cohen – Principal Investigator, HPTN 052; Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, UNC School of Medicine, North Carolina, USA

  • Dr. Demetre C. Daskalakis, MPH – Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, USA

  • Dr. Andrew Grulich – Principal Investigator, Opposites Attract; Head of HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program, Kirby Institute, University of New South Wales, Australia

  • Dr. Jens Lundgren – Co-principal Investigator, PARTNER; Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Dr. Mona Loutfy, MPH – Lead author on Canadian consensus statement on HIV and its transmission in the context of the criminal law; Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Women’s College Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

  • Dr. Julio Montaner – Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS; Director of IDC and Physician Program Director for HIV/AIDS PHC, Vancouver BC, Canada

  • Dr. Pietro Vernazza – Executive Committee, PARTNER; Author, Swiss Statement 2008, Update 2016; Chief of the Infectious Disease Division, Cantonal Hospital in St. Gallen, Switzerland

The following Community Partners have signed on to the U=U campaign as of May 10, 2017:

End AIDS NY 2020 Community Coalition – 79 New York State-based organizations (USA)

In addition:

A Positive Tomorrow (USA)

ABDGN – African and Black Diaspora Global Network on HIV/AIDS (CAN)

ACCM – AIDS Community Care Montreal (CAN)


ACT – AIDS Committee of Toronto (CAN)

ACT UP Dublin (IRL)

ACT UP Minneapolis/St. Paul (USA)

ACAS – Asian Community AIDS Services (CAN)

Afirma’t LGTB (ES)

African American Office of Gay Concerns (USA)

African Services Committee (USA)



AIDS Alabama (USA)

AIDS Committee of Durham Region (CAN)

AIDS Committee of Ottawa (CAN)

AIDS Community Care Montreal / SIDA Bénévoles Montréal (CAN)

AIDS United (USA)

AIDS Foundation of Chicago (USA)


AIDS New Brunswick (CAN)

AIDS Project New Haven (USA)

AIDS Survivor Syndrome – Let’s Kick ASS (USA)

AIDS Survivor Syndrome – Let’s Kick ASS NY (USA)

Albany Damien Center (USA)

Alliance for Living (USA)

APLA Health (USA)


Asociatia Romana Anti-SIDA – ARAS (ROU)

Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (USA)

Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations (AU)


BCN Checkpoint (ES)

Body Positive (NZ)

BeyondPositive (UK)

British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (CAN)

Bruce House (CAN)

Canadian AIDS Society (CAN)

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (CAN)

Canadian Positive People Network – CPPN (CAN)

CARE Center (USA)

Carolinas CARE Partnership (USA)

Cascade AIDS Project (CAN)

CATIE – Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CAN)

Center for Health Identity Behavior & Prevention Studies, New York University (USA)

Center for HIV Educational Studies & Training -CHEST (USA)

?eské Sestry V??né Radosti – SPI CZ (CZ)

Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NG)

COGAM Colectivo de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales de Madrid (ES)

Crips Ile-de-France (FR)

CTAC – Canadian Treatment Action Council (CAN)

Czech AIDS Help Society (CZ)

Desiree Alliance (USA)

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (ZA)

Equitas Health (USA)

European AIDS Treatment Group (BE)

Fundació Lluita contra la Sida (ES)

George House Trust (UK)

Getting to Zero San Francisco (USA)

GMFA – Gay Men’s Health Charity (UK)


Groupe sida Genève (CH)

Health Initiative for Men – HIM (CAN)

Hello Gorgeous Foundation (NL)

Hispanic Health Network (USA)

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (CAN)

HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health (CAN)

HIV/AIDS Resource Program – HARP (CAN)

Hiv-Danmark (DK)


HIV Disclosure Project (CAN)

HIV Equal (USA) (IT)

HIV Ireland (IRL)

HIV Medicine Association (USA)

HIV Modernization Movement-Indiana (USA)

HIV Scotland (SCT)

HIV Smart (USA)

HIV Vereniging (NL)

Housing Works (USA)

Human Rights Campaign (USA)

Hyacinth AIDS Foundation (USA)

ICASO – International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (CAN)

Imagina MÁS (ES)

Impac+NYC (USA)

[ imstilljosh ] (USA)

INA – M?ori, Indigenous & South Pacific HIV/AIDS Foundation (NZ)

International AIDS Society (IAS) (CH)

International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (USA)

International Community of Women Living with HIV (KE)

JACQUES Initiative (USA)

John Snow, Inc. (USA)

K?rm?z? Kurdele ?stanbul (Red Ribbon Istanbul) (TR)

Latino Commission on AIDS (USA)

LGBT Foundation (UK)


Living Positive Victoria (AU)

Mr. Friendly (USA)

MSMGF – the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (USA) (USA)

NAM aidsmap (UK)

NASTAD – National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (USA)

National AIDS Trust (UK)

National Association of People Living with HIV Australia (AU)

National Black Justice Coalition (USA)

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (USA)

NC AIDS Action Network (USA)

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (USA)

New York Transgender Advocacy Group (USA)


Northern Territory AIDS & Hepatitis Council (AU)

Ohio HIV/STD Hotline (USA)

OHTN – Ontario HIV Treatment Network (CAN)

Peel HIV/AIDS Network (CAN)

Persons with HIV/AIDS Rights Advocacy Association of Taiwan -PRAA (TW)

Please PrEP Me (USA)

Positive Alliance (USA)

Positive Living Society of British Columbia (CAN)

Positive Moving On (NIR)

Positive Voice (GR)

Positive Women’s Network – USA (USA)

Positive Women Victoria (AUS)

Positive Steps Northwest (UK) (CAN)

Positively Mindful (UK)

Positively UK (UK)


PozitiveHope (USA)

PrEP Facts: HIV Prevention & Sex (USA)

Prepster (UK)

Pride for Youth / Long Island Crisis Center (USA)

Prisoners with HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (CAN)

Queensland AIDS Council (AU)

Realize / Réalise (CAN)

REL8 Okanagan (CAN)


Rural AIDS Action Network (USA)

San Francisco AIDS Foundation (USA)

Sensoa (BE)

Sidaction (FR)

Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation (CAN)

Southern AIDS Coalition (USA)

Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI) (USA)

Stronger Together, Association for Support of People Living with HIV (MK)

Terrence Higgins Trust (UK)

The AIDS Network (CAN)

The HIV League (USA)

The Institute of Many (AU)

The Well Project (USA) (USA)

Thursday’s Child of Long Island (USA)

Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (CAN)

Trade Sexual Health (UK)

TransLatin@ Coalition (USA)

Vancouver AIDS Society (CAN)

Waverley Care (SCT)

Whitman-Walker Health (USA)

YouthCo (CAN)

Everyday the list of countries, states, departments of health, non-profits and individuals that agree with and support this SCIENCE grows. We’re asking you to spread the truth, and not fear and lies.

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