WORLD AIDS DAY 2021
Did you know it is 40 years since the first person was diagnosed HIV+.
Quickly labelled “Gay Plague” this virus tore through a generation of men and enflamed homophobic hatred abuse & violence.
Today, with the right treatment, HIV+ AIDS is not a death sentence.
With the right treatment the virus becomes undetectable and untransmittable.
An undetectable viral load is where antiretroviral treatment (ART) has reduced your HIV to such small quantities that it can no longer be detected by standard blood tests. People living with HIV who have an undetectable viral load cannot pass HIV on through sex.
Being undetectable does not mean your HIV is cured. There is still HIV in your body, although it has been reduced to very small amounts. This means that if you stop taking treatment, your viral load will increase – affecting your health and making HIV transmittable again.
AIDS is not and never was “A Gay Plague”
Thanks to 40 years of campaigning by LGBTQ+ activists, lobbyists and charity funded research scientists all over the world, AIDS does not mean death but the stigma continues.
Remembering all those lost to HIV AIDS
With hope for a future where Undetectable = Untransmittable.
With love on World AIDS Day.