We are a grassroots, community-driven movement
opposing HIV stigma and social phobias in Poland.

We are U=U Poland.

  Help us move HIV #paststigma →
  Help us move HIV #paststigma →

ADAM MIKUSZEWSKI, HIV- (L)
AND TOM SIARA, HIV+ undetectable (R)
WERE A SERODISCORDANT HIV+/HIV-
COUPLE FOR 5 YEARS (2013-2017)

Undetectable HIV

U=U: Undetectable HIV

is untransmittable.

TOM (HIV+), thanks to effective ARV therapy,
lives for 18 years with undetectable HIV viral load.

In 2015, while living in a serodiscordant relationship
with ADAM (HIV-)
they heard about PARTNER1
STUDY results. ADAM (HIV-) decided to move
to condomless sex with TOM (HIV+).

Effective ARV therapy works.

Adam is HIV- to date.

ADAM MIKUSZEWSKI, HIV- (L) + TOM SIARA, HIV+ (R, undetectable HIV)
WERE A SERODISCORDANT COUPLE FOR 5 YEARS (2013-2017).

TOM (HIV+), thanks to effective ARV therapy, lives for 18 years
with undetectable HIV viral load. In 2015 they heard about the results
of PARTNER1 Studies ADAM (HIV-) decided to move to condomless
sex with TOM (HIV+, undetectable).

Effective ARV therapy works.

ADAM is HIV- to date.

Adam Mikuszewski, HIV- [He/Him]

HIV/LGBTQIA+ Advocate (MSM groupMen who have sex with men, MSM for short. A term for men who engage in sexual activity with other men regardless of how they identify themselves. They may identify as gays, homosexuals, bisexuals, pansexuals, heterosexuals or give up their sexual orientation altogether. The group also includes men, sex workers.)
co-founder of #UNDTCTABLES (U=U Poland)
// UNDTCTABLES initiative

Tom Siara, HIV+ [U=U] [He/Him]

HIV/LGBTQIA+ Advocate (MSM groupMen who have sex with men, MSM for short. A term for men who engage in sexual activity with other men regardless of how they identify themselves. They may identify as gays, homosexuals, bisexuals, pansexuals, heterosexuals or give up their sexual orientation altogether. The group also includes men, sex workers.)
HIV post-HAART Long-Term Survivorpeople who have been living with HIV for more than ten years, and who were diagnosed after 1996. Due to longer survival with HIV, the percentage of older adults living with HIV is increasing in all regions of the world. However, not all HIV LTS are older adults. People now in their twenties and thirties who acquired HIV at birth or while very young have also lived with HIV for decades.
HIV/PTSD Expert by Experience (EbE“Being an Expert by Experience acknowledges
that lived experience is as valuable as clinical/
professional expertise. It provides the opportunity to past experiences to improve services and supports a positive change to groups affected by similar hardships.
)

// UNDTCTABLES initiative / co-founder

We need to focus on
the following message:

If you live with HIV on effective viral load below 50 copies / ml
ARV therapy viral load below 50 copies / ml , you are ‘undetectable’,
SEXUALLY NON-INFECTIOUS viral load less than 50 copies / ml .
Time for excuses is over.

“We need to focus on the following message:

If you live with HIV on effective ARV therapy viral load below 50 copies / ml ,

you are SEXUALLY NON-INFECTIOUS viral load less than 50 copies / ml .

Time for excuses is over.”

Alison J Rodger, Phd [She/Her]

Professor of Infectious Diseases,
Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases HIV
// UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

“We now know that there is ZERO riskRisk of HIV transmission from someone living with an undetectable viral load (HIV) is ZERO. HIV transmission is practically impossible, because statistically infection can occur once in 419 years of continuous sex act..

To say that as a scientist is quite something,
because we can’t prove the negative, but we
are very clear that it’s actually ZERO.
U=U – Undetectable HIV is untransmittableRisk of HIV transmission from someone living with an undetectable viral load (HIV) is ZERO. HIV transmission is practically impossible, because statistically infection can occur once in 419 years of continuous sex act.. “

The introduction of effective ARV treatment
eliminated the risk of HIV infection in sexual
contacts between HIV+ /HIV- partners.

More than 500 HIV transmissions would occur if PARTNER
study involved discordant couples where the HIV+ partner
WASN’T under effective ARV therapy.

Alison J Rodger, PhD [She/Her]

Professor of Infectious Diseases
Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases (HIV)
// UNIVERSITY LONDON COLLEGE

“U=U dismantles HIV stigma.”

Bruce Richman, HIV+ [U=U] [He/Him]

Founder of U=U HIV Advocacy Movement.
HIV post-HAART Long-Term Survivorpeople who have been living with HIV for more than ten years, and who were diagnosed after 1996. Due to longer survival with HIV, the percentage of older adults living with HIV is increasing in all regions of the world. However, not all HIV LTS are older adults. People now in their twenties and thirties who acquired HIV at birth or while very young have also lived with HIV for decades.
HIV Expert by Experience (EbE“Being an Expert by Experience acknowledges
that lived experience is as valuable as clinical/
professional expertise. It provides the opportunity to past experiences to improve services and supports a positive change to groups affected by similar hardships.
)

Executive Director & Co-founder
// PREVENTION ACCESS campaign

HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable not only
motivates people living with HIV to begin their
ARV treatment but also to stay on it to keep
undetectable HIV viral load.

Bruce Richman, HIV+ U=U [He/Him]

Founder of U=U movement.
HIV/LGBTQ+ Advocate (MSM groupMen who have sex with men, MSM for short. A term for men who engage in sexual activity with other men regardless of how they identify themselves. They may identify as gays, homosexuals, bisexuals, pansexuals, heterosexuals or give up their sexual orientation altogether. The group also includes men, sex workers.)
Executive Director & Co-founder
// PREVENTION ACCESS campaign

The final results of PARTNER
studies are a revolution in what
it means to LIVE with HIV.
U=U changes everything.

We move HIV #paststigma in Poland.

Tom Siara, HIV+ [U=U] [He/Him]

HIV/LGBTQ+ Advocate (MSM groupMen who have sex with men, MSM for short. A term for men who engage in sexual activity with other men regardless of how they identify themselves. They may identify as gays, homosexuals, bisexuals, pansexuals, heterosexuals or give up their sexual orientation altogether. The group also includes men, sex workers.)
HIV/PTSD EbE (expert by experience “Being an Expert by Experience acknowledges
that lived experience is as valuable as clinical/
professional expertise. It provides the opportunity to past experiences to improve services and supports a positive change to groups affected by similar hardships.
)
co-founder of #UNDTCTABLES (U=U Poland)
// UNDTCTABLES initiative

From a health risk perspective, HIV-related social stigma has no ground. It holds all of us back with an aversion to HIV/STI screening and getting on treatment.

In life with HIV, the mental burden
of experienced HIV-related stigma
and social phobias are what “kills”
you slowly – not the virus.

If a person lives with HIV, after a year on effective ARV treatment reaches ‘undetectable’ viral load. HIV stops affecting her health and the virus cannot be passed onto others.

Person living with undetectable HIV
isn’t a threat. Social stigma is.

Tom Siara, HIV+ U=U [He/Him]

HIV/LGBTQIA+ Advocate (MSM groupMen who have sex with men, MSM for short. A term for men who engage in sexual activity with other men regardless of how they identify themselves. They may identify as gays, homosexuals, bisexuals, pansexuals, heterosexuals or give up their sexual orientation altogether. The group also includes men, sex workers.)
HIV post-HAART Long-Term Survivorpeople who have been living with HIV for more than ten years, and who were diagnosed after 1996. Due to longer survival with HIV, the percentage of older adults living with HIV is increasing in all regions of the world. However, not all HIV LTS are older adults. People now in their twenties and thirties who acquired HIV at birth or while very young have also lived with HIV for decades.
HIV/PTSD Expert by Experience (EbE“Being an Expert by Experience acknowledges
that lived experience is as valuable as clinical/
professional expertise. It provides the opportunity to past experiences to improve services and supports a positive change to groups affected by similar hardships.
)

// UNDTCTABLES initiative / co-founder

est. Dec 1st, 2018 in Wroclaw, Poland
GRASSROOTS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IN POLAND
We advocate for widespread access to unbiased and evidence-based HIV/AIDS science to aid social change in public perception of HIV and HIV/STI prevention efforts.
*NIEWYKRYWALNIE is a polish name of the UNDTCTABLES brand.

We’ve reached over 4.2 mln people in Poland.
We’ve received ZERO HATE to date.

Cumulative reach over a period of 9 months of #undtctables nationwide media outreach.
Total value based on viewer/reader metrics provided by participating media outlets.

“Tom, thank you for your national U=U campaign

which is extraordinary.”

“For your courage being the first openly gay living with HIV to be on national TV not once but four times. It’s the courage, commitment, and volunteering to create your own campaign using your own funds. It shows the kind of courage that we need to represent the interests of people living with HIV and to end the epidemic.”

BRUCE RICHMAN // Warsaw, Feb 10th, 2020