HRC Foundation Joins U=U National HIV Task Force

by Jared Todd

The U=U National Task Force will educate policymakers and the public about U=U and PrEP as to help end the epidemic, move federal health departments to fully integrate U=U (Undetectable Equals Untransmittable)

Task force organizations include NMAC, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Southern AIDS Coalition, The Well-Project, and Equality Federation

WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, announced its inaugural membership in the first-ever U=U National Task Force organized by the Prevention Access Campaign (PAC), alongside partner organizations in the HIV and health equity space. The task force will work to educate and move federal health partners to implement U=U into their guidelines and policies and elevate awareness. Together, the task force’s primary goal is to measure, optimize, and scale up the impact U=U has on improving the health, well-being, and emotional wellness of the more than 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S.

Undetectable=Untransmittable, or U=U, is a global health and human rights movement with over 1,000 official partners in more than 100 countries, sharing the message that people on HIV medication with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the virus through sex – even without condoms. HRC and PAC’s guide for U=U contains facts about HIV and AIDS, stats on who is most affected by the epidemic, and background on the U=U campaign. U=U is a solution to long-standing HIV stigma, bringing hope and new possibilities for individuals to love, to have sex and to conceive children without any fear of passing on HIV.

We are proud to once again join forces with PAC and partner organizations to uplift the powerful message of U=U. HRC will continue in our mission, alongside task force partners, to educate and push forward on full implementation of U=U, from the federal government to community-based organizations. This is a message that we already know has the power to break down barriers rooted in decades-long stigma, especially for Black and Brown LGBTQ+ individuals living with HIV.”

Torrian L. Baskerville, HRC’s Director of HIV & Health Equity

The U=U National Task Force will work together toward the following goals:

  • Educate policymakers and the public about U=U (and PrEP) as the path to transform lives and end the epidemic in America.

  • Educate policymakers about the social, economic and public health benefits of increasing access and removing the social, structural and legal barriers to HIV treatment, care and services.

  • Move the US federal health departments to integrate U=U fully into the domestic HIV response.

  • Secure commitments and accountability structures to take the actions outlined in the Multinational U=U Call to Action (MUCA).

  • Document and showcase the US leadership’s scale-up as a model to move other governments.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public’s understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender and racial justice. Its work has transformed the landscape for more than 15 million workers, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system and so much more. The HRC Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities, driving the advancement of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through fellowship and training programs; and, with the firm belief that we are stronger working together, it forges partnerships with advocates in the U.S. and around the globe to increase our impact and shape the future of our work.

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