UPDATE: This event has been cancelled because the speaker is unable to attend because of illness.
Bruce Richman from the Prevention Access Campaign will speak on Friday in West Hollywood about groundbreaking research that shows that those whose HIV virus is “undetectable” cannot pass it along to others. The federal Centers for Disease Control on Sept. 27 issued a letter citing several studies in acknowledging that HIV-positive people who take their antiretroviral medication as prescribed and have an undetectable viral load “have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner.”
Richman’s presentation is part of the U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) campaign to end the stigma related to infection with HIV and provide people with HIV or those vulnerable to it with information about their social, sexual and reproductive health.
The City of West Hollywood and the Thrive Tribe Foundation are partnering to host the presentation. It will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., south of San Vicente. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Prevention Access Campaign’s (U=U) is a community of HIV advocates, activists researchers and nearly 400 community partners from 56 countries uniting to clarify and disseminate the revolutionary but largely unknown fact that people living with HIV who are on effective treatment do not sexually transmit HIV.
“Twenty years ago we learned effective HIV treatment would save our lives. Now we know it also means we can’t pass it on to others,” the Thrive Tribe said in an announcement of the event.
Thrive Tribe Foundation is a nonprofit organization in West Hollywood whose mission is to end the stigma and transmission of HIV through peer-to-peer empowerment, community building and connection to care.