Saturday, November 25, 2017

Revised Guidance on HIV Proves Life-Transforming

Mark S. King, right, who is HIV positive and is considered noninfectious with proper antiretrovial treatment, is seen at home with his husband, Michael Mitchell, on Nov. 22, 2017, in Baltimore. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)
The Washington Post reports:

...[A] historic moment in the history of HIV: Medical authorities are publicly agreeing that people with undetectable viral loads cannot transmit the virus that causes AIDS.

The policy change has profound implications for the way people view HIV. The change promises not just unprotected sex for couples like [Chris] Kimmenez and his wife, but also reduced stigma for the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV. The policy change also offers the hope that more people will be tested and begin treatment if they are found to have the virus rather than live in denial.

“There was something in me that said I’m damaged and I made a mistake, and people see it and I’m a danger,” said Mark S. King, 56, a writer and activist who tested positive for HIV in 1985. But now, treatment has fully suppressed the virus. “When I finally internalized this message . . . something suddenly lifted off of me that is hard to describe. It was almost as if someone wiped me clean. I no longer feel like this diseased pariah.”

See full story here.

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