In honor of World AIDS Day, HIV Alliance is promoting a new initiative to highlight how treatment leads to prevention.
The new movement is known as U=U. Or “Undetectable equals Un-transmittable.”
Jesse Quinn is with HIV Alliance in Eugene.
Individual not transmit: “Individuals that are receiving HIV treatment—it can suppress the virus to undetectable levels and when an individual is undetectable they cannot transmit HIV. Which is quite incredible. And for us this is something we want to share with the world.”
Quinn says Oregon is leading the charge in terms of HIV treatment and medical case management. He says 92% of HIV Alliance clients have un-detectable viral loads compared with 59% nationwide.
The medication, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP,) can help high risk people prevent acquisition of the HIV virus. The Alliance holds a mini-clinic every Thursday (8:00am-7:30 pm) in the Eugene office where they can be prescribed the once-a-day pill.