Join Us: Community Response to the Effects of HIV Treatment and Viral Suppression on Sexual Transmission – Webinar

Content From: Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., Acting Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesPublished: June 20, 20172 min read



On Friday, June 30, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy will host a community led “Community Response to the Effects of HIV Treatment and Viral Suppression on Transmission” webinar.

In the last year, compelling new evidence has demonstrated that HIV treatment significantly reduces sexual transmission of HIV. In addition, this research found no cases of HIV that were transmitted sexually by individuals with a suppressed viral load. This research adds to the findings of earlier studies that assessed HIV treatment, viral load, and transmission.

National, state, and community leaders and organizations have already begun communicating and messaging about the data on the protective effects of HIV treatment and viral suppression. This webinar will provide an opportunity for participants to:

  • Hear from community leaders, people living with HIV, and those who are at risk for HIV infection about the ways in which the data on HIV treatment, viral suppression, and transmission have affected their work, their community, or them personally.

  • Better understand how community leaders and members have worked to use these data and translate them into messages that have been delivered in HIV prevention care, treatment, and other settings.

  • Learn about the reactions and feedback that were received by national, state, and community leaders and members in response to these messages and any lessons learned that could benefit others.

  • Submit questions and comments during an open comment period at the close of the webinar.

If you would like to submit questions or comments to be presented during the open comment period of the webinar, please send in advance of the webinar to

We hope you can join us for this exciting opportunity to learn how community leaders and organizations have responded to these data and what they mean on a personal level to people living with HIV. These messages have the potential to help support progress on the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and our shared vision of an America where new HIV infections are rare, and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic circumstance will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination.

Many people are working to address these issues. We acknowledge the following individuals for their input:

  • Amy Leonard, Legacy Community Health, CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment
  • Bruce Richman, Prevention Access Campaign: Undetectable=Untransmittable
  • Gina Brown, Southern AIDS Coalition
  • Jesse Milan, AIDS United
  • Murray Penner, NASTAD
  • Naina Khanna, Positive Women’s Network

Stay tuned for a complete list of moderators and speakers!