Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – The “Undetectable = Untransmittable” (U=U) campaign was officially launched in Hanoi on November 28 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day (December 1).

The campaign aims to persuade people living with HIV to take antiretroviral (ARV) drugs as prescribed by doctors to reduce the virus load in their body to undetectable levels so that they do not transmit it to their sexual partners.

The campaign also seeks to improve public awareness of early HIV testing and ARV therapy, and to reduce discrimination against people with HIV.

The campaign is jointly held by the Hanoi Medical University and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Vietnam to disseminate the campaign’s message to the community.

The university has provided support for 10 community organisations in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, and the northern province of Dien Bien to carry out initiatives.

Undetectable means untransmittable is the message of a new UNAIDS Explainer. With 20 years of evidence demonstrating that HIV treatment is highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV, the evidence is now clear that people living with HIV with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV sexually.

The message has been so far recognised by 782 health organisations in nearly 100 nations and territories.–VNA