Communities Must Address Stigma, Share Message That Effective HIV Treatment Can Prevent Spread Of Virus
Thomson Reuters Foundation: OPINION: Stop doubting the evidence — people living with HIV and on effective treatment cannot pass it on
Ian Green, chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust
“…[P]eople living with HIV and on effective medication cannot pass on the virus to others, with or without a condom. That’s not won’t or don’t, but can’t pass it on. … However, unfortunately due to the misconceptions and myths that surround HIV, many people still believe this not to be true. … [T]he fact that so many people living with HIV will still have to face stigma and discrimination due to people who refuse to believe the scientifically proven power of modern-day effective treatment is nothing short of heart breaking. … By helping to share the message and ensuring that people know the facts about HIV and effective treatment, we hope to tackle stigma and remove the fear that often surrounds the virus” (5/8).