The Human Rights Campaign Marks World AIDS Day

by Nick Morrow

Today, the Human Rights Campaign marked World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is a time to recommit to the fight to end HIV and AIDS, to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those we’ve lost as a result of AIDS or related illnesses.

HRC is announcing a partnership with the Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) on the release of a new guide about the Undetectable = Untransmittable campaign, or U=U, as well as announcing the U.S. launch of its #WorkingPositively campaign, which invites employers to commit to being visible role models in their support for HIV-positive employees. Also, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David will moderate a discussion hosted by the National AIDS Memorial about the future of the fight against HIV and AIDS and how it relates to the public health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. This conversation is part of a larger program that includes President-Elect Joe Biden, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and Dr. Anthony Fauci.

World AIDS Day is a time for our community to come together to remember all those we have lost to AIDS and to recommit to ending the stigma that still surrounds HIV. LGBTQ people in the United States and around the world continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS, especially Black and Latinx members of the community. To end the HIV epidemic, we must uplift the voices of those who have been affected and take action to fight stigma in all aspects of our lives.

Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President

Fighting HIV and AIDS starts with fighting misinformation. The Human Rights Campaign is proud to partner with the Prevention Access Campaign on a new Undetectable=Untransmittable guide, which describes the importance of U=U and how fighting misinformation and stigma will help fight the epidemic. We must all come together and commit to ending the HIV epidemic and taking action for the health and welfare of our communities.

J. Maurice McCants-Pearsall, Human Rights Campaign Director, HIV and Health Equity Program

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. living with HIV, and approximately 40,000 new diagnoses each year. The virus continues to disproportionately affect members of the LGBTQ community. The HIV lifetime risk is one in six for gay and bisexual men, one in four for Latinx men and one in two for Black men. At least one in 20 transgender women are living with HIV, Black transgender women are at least three times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV and Latinx transgender women are at least one and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV.

Undetectable=Untransmittable 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 new 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 can improve the lives of so many people who are living with HIV. U=U is a solution to long-standing HIV stigma, bringing hope and new possibilities to love, to have sex and to conceive children without any fear of passing on HIV.

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