This article was written by The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) and National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA).
The U=U Global Summit 2022 will be held in conjunction with AIDS 2022, the 24th International AIDS Conference, in Montreal, Canada, in July. U=U will honour people who have contributed to its continuing understanding and appreciation of how the message of U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) is dismantling HIV stigma and promoting better sexual health outcomes and a higher quality of life for those living with HIV.
Join U=U at the U=U Global Summit 2022, an AIDS 2022 pre-conference, as it recognizes its outstanding research partners and community advocates as champions in continued efforts to promote the movement worldwide.
The science behind U=U has been an undercurrent in the global response to HIV and AIDS for many years. As early as 2006, scientists began to explore our understanding of why people living with HIV who were able to sustain an undetectable viral load were not seemingly able to pass on HIV to their sexual partners through unprotected sex.
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In 2018, at the AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam, the Prevention Access Campaign acknowledged Pietro Vernazza as one of the first in the global scientific community to highlight the viability that people living with HIV were unable to pass on HIV to their sexual partners if their virus was contained at an undetectable level. His work set the cornerstone for the advocacy that U=U champions today.