U=U’s role in the end of HIV transmission in the U.S

In March, Robert Redfield, Director of the CDC, told his staff that “he believed HIV transmission in the United States could be halted over the next three to seven years.”

“The foundation of the dream is the realization that, if taken correctly, today’s potent antiretroviral drugs will drive down the amount of virus in an HIV-infected person’s system to undetectable levels. People who reach that state, known as viral suppression, are not contagious — even, it seems, if they have unprotected sex.”

“In the HIV world, that finding has given rise to a slogan: U = U, or undetectable equals untransmissible.”

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