World AIDS Day is every year on December 1st. It’s an opportunity to remember those who lost their lives due to the epidemic; and to reflect on those who still have difficulty in accessing treatment.
But it is also a recognition of the progress made in treatment. Remarkably, today, people with HIV have access to very effective treatment that is easy to take and easy to tolerate. and by taking it, they are able to live normal, heathy, productive lives, just like anyone else.
Yet there are still challenges facing people living with HIV. There is still a lot of ignorance, fear and stigma about HIV. That’s why many organisations on WAD this year are highlighting these issues.
We now know that if you are taking your HIV medication and your viral load (the amount of HIV in your blood) is very low – undetectable – then YOU CAN’T PASS IT ON…Undetectable = Untransmittable.