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People on effective HIV treatment cannot pass on the virus. Fact.

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Alex Sparrowhawk
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People on effective HIV treatment cannot pass on the virus. Fact.
Posted on: June 29 2017, 09:08 am

Weíve got an important message to share this summer.

Medical evidence has shown that people on effective HIV treatment canít pass it on.

If everyone knew this, we could bring an end to stigma around HIV. Not only that, but we could stop HIV transmissions all together.

Terrence Higgins Trust today launches our Canít Pass It On campaign, to spread this message far and wide.

Our major new survey has shown that only 9% of the British public are aware of this fact, which has been evidenced by scientific research.

Please help Terrence Higgins Trust share this message far and wide - our campaign page can be found here.
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Nathan Fox
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Re: People on effective HIV treatment cannot pass on the virus. Fact.
Reply #1 on: June 29 2017, 12:59 pm

Hi Alex
Yes, this has always been the belief of those involved in Live HIV Neutral. Hence our original call for a new public health campaign to update people on what has changed since the Don't Die of Ignorance campaign in the 80's.  With the progress to U=U, the time is right for such a campaign to reeducate and reinform.  It would go a way to overcoming some stigma and prejudice that exists.  However, unless this is on the scale of that original campaign (which involved a leaflet sent to every household in the UK, TV advertising and press full page advertising, it will never achieve the intended reach.  Is this what is being proposed?  Or will the campaign cycle within the existing 'HIV bubble' and not actually go beyond communities already affected by HIV?

I also have to question the belief that it could end HIV stigma, as is implied.  We (at Live HIV Neutral) firmly believe that there is a lack of consensus across the HIV sector/communities when talking about stigma which needs much greater consultation.  Much stigma is internalised, self-imposed and/or projected onto others due to the post-traumatic nature of diagnosis and life with HIV.  Even with a major shift in public understanding and attitudes, this trauma will remain.  And, therefore, it may take a counselling approach within peer-led/professional work to enable people affected by HIV to better understand and process their trauma.  This is a piece of work that could be built into the emerging peer support networks that are being developed across the UK.

All for now
Nathan

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Paul Kirwan
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Re: People on effective HIV treatment cannot pass on the virus. Fact.
Reply #2 on: June 29 2017, 01:50 pm

Hi Alex,

Great campaign, which I hope will help reduce the misinformation & stigma surrounding HIV.

However, I think the remark "Not only that, but we could stop HIV transmissions all together" is a bit too hopeful until regular testing becomes routine for everyone who has unprotected sex. You know from other THT campaigns how important testing is in reducing the spread of the virus.

HIV transmission will not be stopped just by explaining that those on treatment who are undetectable cannot transmit. Regular testing will help reach this goal, but you know full well that as long as there are untested people having unprotected sex that there will still be transmission.

To use a phrase like that in a campaign which is trying to present as "Fact" undermines the message somewhat.

I hope whoever wrote this wording takes this on board.

Regards,

Paul Kirwan.
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