On Saturday 1 December, events will take place around the world to mark the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day.

Today in Scotland, HIV is a manageable, long-term health condition, with treatments allowing people to live long healthy lives.

However, despite improved treatments, the condition continues to affect some of the most vulnerable people in our society, often driven by stigma and discrimination.

This year on World AIDS Day, we're promoting a message that challenges this stigma and underlines the effectiveness of HIV treatments. It's called Undetectable=Untransmittable.

Despite the unwieldy name, Undetectable=Untransmittable (or U=U) is a simple, scientific fact...

A person who is living with HIV, who achieves and maintains an undetectable viral load, CANNOT pass on HIV through sex

To understand the U=U message, it's helpful to know a little bit about how HIV treatment works...

An HIV clinician can confirm if someone is undetectable with a simple blood test, and can monitor this as part of a person's regular, HIV appointments.

But don't just take our word for it...

The U=U message is based on rigorous scientific research, and has been backed by campaigners, charities and clinicians worldwide, including the British HIV Association

for U=U to be effective, there are a few things that people need to bear in mind...

What impact can U=U have in the fight against HIV?

U=U is a powerful challenge to the stigma often associated with HIV.

It highlights not only that treatment can help people living with HIV to live well, but also that treatment can play a major role, alongside condoms, testing and PrEP, in stopping the spread of HIV.

The science behind U=U is clear. The challenge now is to ensure that consistent information is shared as widely as possible...

To find out more about U=U, HIV, testing and treatment, you can talk to:

Waverley Care - Scotland's HIV and Hepatitis C Charity

info@waverleycare.org | www.waverleycare.org

SX Scotland - Gay and bisexual men's health and wellbeing project

info@s-x.scot | www.s-x.scot

Or contact your local NHS sexual health service.

Resources

The information above has been reproduced from resources developed by Waverley Care in consultation with NHS boards across Scotland.

You can access a copy of the information resource here. If you would like to receive hard copies of the resource, contact us at feedback@waverleycare.org.

To read more about the science behind U=U, check out the Prevention Access Campaign website.

Waverley Care (Scottish Charity Number SC036500). SX is provided by Waverley Care.