Telling Their HIV Stories

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Storytelling Series: Undetectable = Untransmittable

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), “timely diagnosis of HIV and sustained antiretroviral treatment (ART) increase the quality of life for a person with HIV, and prevents the spread of the virus, and research shows that suppressing HIV to undetectable levels virtually eliminates transmission of the virus to sexual partners.” Yet, a considerable proportion of healthcare providers are still not educating patients about U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) despite emphatic endorsements by the scientific community.

The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), and the New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NAETC), collaborated on a storytelling project which features short videos portraying the interwoven stories of four women of color, from diverse backgrounds, all long-term survivors with HIV. PCDC and NAETC developed the videos to inform healthcare professionals about the importance of what U=U means to people with HIV. Each video demonstrates strength, power, resilience, and the importance of honest communication between providers and clients.

Ivette’s Story: U=U Means Living My Best Life

Michelle’s Story: I am More than HIV/U=U…What Matters to Me

Dawn’s Story: U=U Helps Me Be Great!

Liza’s Story: U=U Through Her Eyes