What impact, if any, do you believe this will have to people currently living (long term or short term) with HIV?

Mike's Answer

I think this is a pretty huge breakthrough for the community. I know when I first heard about U=U, I balled tears of joy. This is not just huge news for me, it is for all of us. I believe some people will be hesitant with believing the facts behind what it means for Undetectable to equal Untransmittable. If you are educated on the topic of HIV, this is easy to see. If you are not educated, it sure makes for an educational conversation. I think this may help dispel myths people still have about HIV. If we encounter a newly diagnosed positive person, this could be an excellent resource to provide them with to help ease their worries about their future and “what if’s”. I is a great way to encourage individuals living with HIV to achieve viral suppression and maintain adherence to their medications. How I look at it, we are the cure. If undetectable equals untransmittable, then new infections are caused by undiagnosed or untreated people. As long as we stay on our medication and maintain an undetectable viral load, we are the way to end this.

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