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Inland Journal, May 20, 2019: HIV and Undetectable Equals Untransmittable

Courtesy of Maryellen Cooley

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we follow up on last week’s Washington state HIV conference in Spokane.

The treatment of HIV has come a long way in more than 30 years and the results of contracting the virus have changed considerably. Whereas at one time, HIV led to certain death, now it’s more of a chronic disease that can be managed.

Scientists have found that people with low virus levels, who are on a good medication regimen and healthy, are incapable of spreading the virus to others through sex. It’s a situation some have dubbed Undetectable equals Untransmittable, or U=U. Today we talk with Bruce Richman, the executive director of the leader of the national U=U campaign, who spoke at last week’s HIV conference, and with Dale Briese [breese], a Spokane man who has lived with the virus for 34 years. He works with the Spokane HIV-AIDS Advisory Board.

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