Top NYC Health Official: ‘We’re Seeing Results’ With HIV U=U
The U=U movement ignited when Demetre C. Daskalakis, MD, MPH, the Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Disease Control at the NYC DOHMH signed on. Dr. Daskalakis shares the story of how NYC launched the campaign and continues to lead the way:
“In the summer of 2016, I signed on to Prevention Access Campaign (PAC)’s ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable,’ or ‘U = U’ Consensus Statement, making New York City the first jurisdiction in the United States to join the ‘U = U’ campaign. At the time, the statement – that people with HIV who are on antiretroviral treatment and have an undetectable viral load do not transmit HIV sexually – was not the party line for public health leaders in the United States.”
“New York City is proud to be the first jurisdiction in the United States to have joined the “U = U” movement, and even prouder that health departments across the country are following suit. We will continue to promote ‘U = U’ as an important tool in the sexual health toolkit, alongside condoms, PrEP, and PEP because the science is clear: ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable.’”
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