Understanding U=U for Women living with HIV: ICASO Community Brief

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Whitbread J. and Thomas L.

Since its announcement, Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U) has become a call to action to assert that when someone living with HIV has an undetectable viral load they cannot transmit HIV. Additionally, the U=U message is evolving to challenge notions of HIV infectivity, vulnerability and stigma. The science behind the U=U message provides the evidence that we can reduce the anxiety related to the sexual transmission of the HIV virus with confidence.

To contribute to getting this message out, ICASO produced a Community Brief on U=U (Oct 2017) and this brief follows on from this endeavor and looks at U=U in relation to women living with HIV. In particular, this community brief aims to capture the voices of women from around the world living with HIV. Their voices illuminate the intensely personal experiences of pregnancy, motherhood and infant feeding as well as some of the nuances around sexuality, access, equity and gender which exist in the lives of women living with HIV.