September 9, 2017
This article originally appeared on HIV.gov.
Recent conclusive and consistent findings from clinical trials about the effects of HIV treatment and viral suppression on the sexual transmission of HIV are a game changer for HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs as well as for how people living with HIV see themselves and how they are seen by others. Dr. Rich Wolitski, Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discussed the findings with several HIV-positive colleagues and friends including Gina Brown from the Southern AIDS Coalition ; Jesse Milan, President and CEO of AIDS United ; Murray Penner, Executive Director of NASTAD ; and Bruce Richman, Founder of the Prevention Access Campaign . During their conversation, they discussed how these findings are influencing their work as well as their lives and they envisioned the future impact of treatment as prevention. Rich also highlighted a process underway across several HHS agencies to come to agreement on common, clear, and consistent message concepts on this topic. (In a related development, CDC posted an announcement to their HIV homepage today about efforts underway to update HIV treatment and viral suppression messages.)