Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin Patient" discusses why it's important to push out the message that U=U.
Segment description: Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin Patient" discusses why it's important to push out the message that Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U).
Contagion®: Why is it so important to push out the message of U=U [undetectable equals untransmittable]?
Brown: U=U is important because it encourages people to take their medication so they do not infect other people. Last year at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, I went to a pre-event on U=U and Tony Fauci [MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease] spoke and he basically said, “U=U is absolutely true, as long U really is U”.
So if people really are undetectable they cannot transfer transmit HIV through sexual transmission or sexual methods. It hasn't been established for breast milk yet. like I listened to a speaker yesterday [at ANAC 2019] and he said it is 97% to 99% sure that that it cannot be transmitted through breast milk if, if the mother is undetectable. And also, this is same for intravenous drug users using dirty needles.