Michigan Medicine signs on as community partner with U=U Movement

December 3, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Michigan Medicine News

Last month, Michigan Medicine officially signed on to Prevention Access Campaign’s U=U movement to support education about the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) comes from a robust pool of scientific research stating the following:

People living with HIV on ART (Antiretroviral Therapy) with an undetectable viral load in their blood have a negligible (no, zero) risk of sexual transmission of HIV. Depending on the drugs employed it may take as long as six months for the viral load to become undetectable. Continued and reliable HIV suppression requires selection of appropriate agents and excellent adherence to treatment. HIV viral suppression should be monitored to assure both personal health and public health benefits (Prevention Access Campaign, 2016).

Spearheaded by the HIV/AIDS Treatment Program (HATP), Michigan Medicine is now listed as an official community partner on Prevention Access Campaign’s website.

In conjunction with legal updates around HIV/AIDS and disclosure that occurred in Michigan in March 2019, HATP medical staff and social workers have been working hard to update and educate each HATP patient on U=U and Michigan law. HATP social work also held an event on Oct. 9 specifically to educate and answer patient questions about U=U.

HATP plans to continue efforts to provide patients with the most up-to-date education on HIV/AIDS. Michigan Medicine’s endorsement of U=U is another exciting step in getting the word out about U=U and ultimately reducing stigma for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH).

Read the Consensus Statement: https://www.preventionaccess.org/consensus

See Michigan Medicine and other Community Partners: https://www.preventionaccess.org/community

Reach Michigan Medicine’s HIV/AIDS Treatment Program: 734-936-8186

Michigan’s Legal Update: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdhhs/Michigan_HIV_STD_Law_Updates_FAQ_650285_7.pdf 

Additional U=U Resources: https://www.preventionaccess.org/resources

Website: https://www.preventionaccess.org/

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