Vision: The Undetectables initiative seeks to establish ‘Undetectable’ as a health status distinct from either HIV Positive or HIV Negative, and in so doing eradicate stigma and promote best practices around research, treatment, and prevention.
Mission: The Undetectables initiative seeks to rebrand treated HIV as a minimally disruptive, manageable condition through evidenced-based education and awareness building regarding the new realities of living with HIV in the post-HAART era. The Undetectables initiative aims to:
- Provide people living with HIV (PLHIV) with new language in order to foster a more empowered sense of self and promote an identity rooted in health and longevity rather than being defined by illness.
- Empower MSM and other sexually active people to make more informed safer sex choices as well as reducing the fear of testing for HIV.
- Educate health care providers to enable them to distinguish between HIV-positive and Undetectable patients and thereby speak to them in a way that accurately reflects their prognosis and provide appropriate care to these distinct patient populations.
- Promote understanding of Undetectable as a health status distinct from HIV-positive (similar to the difference between Remission and Cancer) that reflects a non-compromised immune system, negligible chance of sexual transmission*, and normal lifespan.
- Alleviate depression and isolation amongst PLHIV’s by eradicatingstigma and discrimination.
* See our Research tab for studies on the growing evidence re: Undetectable HIV levels and sexual transmission http://www.aidsvancouver.org/hiv_research
* See what Dr. Julio Montaner, Clinical Director, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has to say about chance of transmission in our In the News tab.
Perpared by AIDS Vancouver, this document outlines the goals of The New Face of HIV project.