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U=U Official Endorsement World AIDS Day 2019

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York Region Public Health is commemorating World AIDS Day 2019, by joining the global HIV community in endorsing the Undetectable =Untransmittable (U=U) campaign. U=U is a global anti-stigma campaign that recognizes that people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) who take their medications as prescribed and achieve and maintain undetectable amounts of the virus in their blood cannot sexually transmit HIV.

“The scientific evidence is clear. People living with HIV who are taking medications as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load in their blood cannot transmit HIV to a sexual partner. When HIV is undetectable, it is untransmittable,” said Dr. Karim Kurji, Medical Officer of Health. “York Region Public Health is pleased to endorse U=U to raise awareness and support for those in the community living with and affected by HIV.”

HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system by destroying white blood cells that protect the body from infections. HIV is transmitted through specific exposure to blood or body fluids from an infected person.

Over 850 organizations from 97 countries have shared the U=U message including notable institutions such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Council of Medical Officers of Health (COMOH) and the Federal Government of Canada.

York Region Public Health recognizes that campaigns such as U=U help to reduce stigma, encourage effective treatment and support efforts for universal access to HIV treatment and care. U=U emphasizes that treatment is an effective means of HIV prevention and of, improving the life of people living with HIV by decreasing the fear of sexually transmitting HIV to others.

Anyone who feels they may be at risk of acquiring, or being infected with, HIV should consult with their respective health care provider to discuss HIV testing. York Region Public Health has sexual health clinics that offer a wide range of testing and treatment services in a confidential, non-judgmental setting, including HIV testing. Services at the clinics are available at no cost to all York Region residents and a health card is not required. You can also visit York.ca/sexualhealth for sexual health clinic time and locations.

For more information about the U=U campaign visit preventionaccess.org


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