Research presented today at the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020) has demonstrated the positive health outcomes that arise when people living with HIV (PLHIV) are informed about Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) by their healthcare provider.

The Positive Perspectives 2 study highlights ASHM’s Undetectable = Untransmittable: A guide for clinicians to discuss as a case study for how to better integrate an understanding of U=U into treatment and care for patients diagnosed with HIV.

Health outcomes across a range of areas were better for PLHIV who were told about U=U by their healthcare provider, when compared to those who were not, including treatment satisfaction, optimal treatment adherence, mental health and sexual health.

U=U represents the message that people living with HIV who take consistently take treatment daily as prescribed and maintain an undetectable viral load carry effectively no risk of sexually transmitting HIV to a partner.

“We’re proud to see ASHM’s work highlighted globally as a model for how to better inform healthcare workers of the benefits of the U=U message for their patients,” said ASHM CEO Alexis Apostolellis.

“Healthcare providers play a vital role in building better health outcomes for people living with HIV, and this research gives us a better picture of what that can look like.”

Brent Allan, Senior Advisor Policy and Programs at the International Council of AIDS Service Organisations, is one of the advisors on Positive Perspectives 2, and a champion of ASHM’s contribution to the global U=U movement.

“The Positive Perspectives 2 study highlights how beneficial the connection is between the healthcare provider and the person living with HIV for positive health outcomes,” said Allan.

“When asked if their healthcare provider takes into account what matters most to them, Australia was top of the charts with 88 per cent of those asked saying yes.”

“I think this is due in large part to the work of ASHM as the peak body representing healthcare providers paying particular attention to what makes a difference to people living with HIV. Healthcare providers in Australia work with the community to understand what matters most to us.”

For more information, read ASHM’s Untransmittable: A guide for clinicians to discuss or contact media@ashm.org.a