HIV: December 1… And every other day of the yea

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HIV: DECEMBER 1… AND EVERY OTHER DAY OF THE YEAR
November 14th, 2014

FBEvery year around December 1st, HIV takes center stage for a few days in honour of World AIDS Day. The media take part by sharing messages of hope from partners involved in the fight against HIV, through the UNAIDS campaign, “Getting to zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.”

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Since 2011, this leitmotiv has guided all our efforts, from the biggest organizations right down to the humblest local initiatives. But we also want you to know what’s happening day-to-day, from advances to pitfalls, from victories to disappointments. That’s why Fqsida is now on social media. Our Facebook page will be a place to strengthen our communication with the public, and better share information about this ever-urgent issue, and all its manifold implications: news, Fqsida member organizations’ initiatives, statistics, social progress, new approaches to prevention, testimonials, etc.

We will also use this new platform to thank you for your invaluable support, and highlight the immeasurable impact of your donations.

Undetectable viral load

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UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD

November 25th, 2014

This is the goal of treatment. When an HIV-positive person is in treatment, the objective is to gradually reduce the amount of virus in their blood to the point where it’s no longer detectable. In Quebec, a viral load of 40 copies per ml is considered undetectable. Anything under this limit is an indication that the disease is less active, thus allowing the immune system to recover, and the person to stay in good health. An undetectable viral load significantly reduces the risk of transmission from a very high risk level, to a very low risk level*.

*According to the INSPQ experts consensus, the risk of transmission from sexual relations without a condom is reduced from a high level to a negligible level when six conditions are met.