The future is bright for
people living with HIV.

People with HIV can live happy, healthy, productive lives—often with just one pill a day. And there are lots of resources available to help you get there.

What is U=U?

Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) is a groundbreaking advancement in modern medicine that has changed just about everything for people living with HIV.

When taken as prescribed, antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce the amount of HIV in the bloodstream—also known as viral load—so much that the virus is both impossible to detect, and has effectively no risk of transmission to sexual partners—even during unprotected sex.

  • Achieving U=U status requires having an undetectable viral load for at least 6 months
  • Maintaining U=U status requires taking your ART medication every day
  • There’s not enough evidence yet to know if U=U can prevent HIV transmissions through shared drug equipment

Still have questions about U=U or how it works?

The Science Behind U=U

U=U is scientifically proven. Multiple studies over more than 10 years recorded zero cases of HIV transmission after more than 100,000 condomless sex acts between both gay and straight virally suppressed discordant couples (meaning one person is HIV-positive with an undetectable viral load, and the other person is HIV-negative).

Read up on the multiple studies that have confirmed U=U.

See the Studies

What U=U Means

U=U opens up new options for people living with HIV and their partners—socially, sexually, and even reproductively. And perhaps most importantly, it helps break down the stigma around HIV, and makes people living with HIV feel less isolated and more hopeful about their future.

Read the consensus statement from 910+ organizations in 100+ countries that have endorsed U=U.


Talking about HIV

Open conversations about HIV are important to building trust and breaking down stigma. And in many cases, people find that sharing their status with loved ones helps them feel much less isolated.

Disclosing Your Status

  • Many people have reported that disclosing early in a relationship helps build trust
  • Talk to your partner about U=U and the science behind becoming undetectable
  • Don’t wait until the heat of the moment to have a discussion about your status
  • If you don’t feel safe having the conversation, have a counselor or other third part mediate

With Healthcare Providers

  • Start HIV treatment as soon as possible after a positive diagnosis
  • Write down questions in advance, and never be afraid to ask more
  • Become an active participant in building and following your treatment plan
  • Follow your treatment plan as directed, and visit your medical provider regularly

When Someone Discloses Their Status

  • Understand that they are choosing to be vulnerable about a serious subject
  • Thank them for trusting you, as the choice to disclose can be a difficult one
  • Ask how they’re doing, and how you can help them feel supported
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Where to Get Treatment

Getting an HIV diagnosis can feel scary and overwhelming. But you’re not alone—there are doctors, clinics, and service organizations throughout Utah that can help.  If you’ve recently received an HIV diagnosis and you’re not sure what to do next, getting in touch with one of these organizations is a great place to start.

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Utah AIDS Foundation

Utah AIDS Foundation website

Call UAF (801) 487-2323

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University of Utah Clinic 1A

Clinic 1A website

Call Clinic 1A (801) 585-2031

Either of these local organizations will assign a case manager to work with you one-on-one and help you access a broad range of support services, including:

Accessing Treatment
Financial Assistance
Mental Health Services
Support Groups
Housing Assistance
Transportation Assistance
Substance Abuse Programs

Paying For Treatment

One of the first things many people think when they receive an HIV diagnosis is “how am I going to pay for treatment?” The good news is, you have options—even if you don’t have health insurance.

Ryan White / ADAP

A federally funded program established to help low-income people living with HIV access treatment and other basic needs.

Medicare & Medicaid

Nearly half of people living with HIV in the United States are covered by federally funded Medicare or Medicaid programs.

Private Insurance

The Affordable Care Act prevents people with pre-existing conditions—including HIV—from being denied medical coverage.

Support Groups & Communities

Living with HIV can feel isolating. From additional support groups to low-cost counseling, see a full list of resources available in Utah.

Utah AIDS Foundation Community

Connecting with other people in similar situations gives you a chance to ask questions, be heard, and be inspired. Contact Utah AIDS Foundation to get involved with their multiple support groups, social events, and an active Facebook community for HIV-positive people from all walks of life.

HIV+ Gay Men’s Support Group

One of Utah’s most active HIV groups, anyone of any sexual orientation is welcome to attend.

Women’s Centered Support Group

A safe place for women to support one another, discuss concerns, and become empowered.

UAF Social Events

Fun, friendly outings where you can connect with other people living with HIV.

Positive Force Facebook Group

An active, invite-only online community where you can share, discuss, and socialize.