What Is “U equals U”?
When a person living with HIV is taking HIV medication, the virus will be suppressed to the point where there is not enough HIV in their blood for a test to measure. This is called an Undetectable Viral Load (UVL). When a person is living with an Undetectable Viral Load, they will experience greatly improved health outcomes and cannot transmit HIV to a partner who is HIV-negative.
HIV positive people, health and community organisations often talk about this ground-breaking news using the simple phrase “Undetectable Equals Untransmissible” or U=U.
For more information about U=U, visit Undetectable = Untransmittable: A guide for clinicians
For HIV Positive People:
The implications of U=U are highly significant. For many years, being HIV positive has carried stigma, mainly because the person with HIV being was perceived as a risk to others. Understanding U=U can greatly reduce anxiety about HIV transmission. It can empower people with HIV to be comfortable and confident to pursue a fulfilling sex life and secure relationships. Find out more: The Institute of Many