WeHo to Host Undetectable Equals Untransmittable HIV Prevention Forum

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The City of West Hollywood is joining the Thrive Tribe Foundation to Host a U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) HIV Prevention Access Campaign to discuss groundbreaking research about HIV and effective treatment.

The forum will take place on Friday, October 6, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

Bruce Richman from the Prevention Access Campaign will lead the discussion.  Topics will focus on advances in the science of HIV medication and new data from the medical community that shows that individuals with undetectable viral loads, who are adherent to their medications, are not at risk of transmitting HIV.

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The Prevention Access Campaign’s U=U is a growing global community of HIV advocates, activists, researchers, and nearly 400 community partners from 56 countries uniting to clarify and disseminate the largely unknown fact that people living with HIV on effective treatment do not sexually transmit HIV. U=U was launched in early 2016 by a group of people living with HIV who created a groundbreaking consensus statement with global experts to clear up confusion about the science of U=U.

 

Thrive Tribe Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to end HIV transmission and stigma through peer-to-peer empowerment, building community, and connecting members to care. The organization encourages its members to be active participants in their healthcare, and works to connect, empower, educate, and grow the community’s awareness of HIV, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (or PrEP), healthcare, and substance abuse recovery.

The City of West Hollywood is currently implementing its HIV Zero Initiative Strategic Plan. The City was one of the first government entities to provide social services grants to local AIDS and HIV organizations, and sponsored one of the first AIDS awareness campaigns in the country in October 1985. The City’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and its continued support for individuals living with HIV and AIDS has been recognized as a model for other cities, nationally and globally.

The discussion, U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) HIV Prevention Access Campaign, is free and open to the public. RSVPs are not required. Validated parking will be available in the adjacent five-story parking structure.

For additional information about Thrive Tribe Foundation, please visit www.thethrivetribe.org

For additional information about the Prevention Access Campaign, please visit www.preventionaccess.org.

For more information, please contact Jeff Book at West Hollywood City Hall at (323) 848-6471 or at jbook@weho.org. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.