Volume 4, Issue 11

U=U: The New HIV Paradigm?

Editor's note:

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In this issue:

U=U: Undetectable = Untransmittable. People with HIV viral loads so low as to be undetectable — are they really no longer able to transmit the virus? What does the science say? And does awareness of the evidence translate into personal acceptance and belief?

In this issue, Dr. Jill Blumenthal from the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at the University of California San Diego analyzes the recent data investigating PrEP, TasP, and U=U to answer these questions.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the current data supporting a negligible transmission risk for patients with an undetectable viral load.
  • Assess the comfort of gay and bisexual men with prevention strategies of preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treatment as prevention (TasP). 
  • Describe provider attitudes toward U=U and dissemination of this information to patients.

Author:

Jill Blumenthal, MD
Jill Blumenthal, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health
Department of Medicine
University of California San Diego

Program Directors:

Allison L. Agwu, MD, ScM, FAAP, FIDSA

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adult Infectious Diseases
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Alysse G. Wurcel, MD, MS

Assistant Professor
Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN

Nurse Educator – Office Based Addiction Treatment, Training and Technical Assistance Program
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Length of activity:

1.0 hour Physicians
1.0 contact hour Nurses

Launch date: July 2, 2019
Expiration date: July 1, 2021