MarkAlain Déry, DO, MPH, FACOI

Undetectable = Untransmittable: Getting to Zero HIV Infections

by MarkAlain Déry, DO, MPH, FACOI
Infectious Disease Specialist

December 1, 2021

Undetectable = Untransmittable: Getting to Zero HIV Infections

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In honor of World HIV/AIDS Day, the ACOI podcast series Docs off the Clock caught up with HIV expert, MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI who discussed the latest in HIV medications and how an undetectable viral load means that individuals are untransmittable to their intimate partners. Today’s HIV medications mean that those living with HIV can have the same quality of life and life expectancy as those living without it. Dr. Dery discusses how getting to an HIV-free world means increasing testing, diagnosing, treating, and maintaining lifelong care. Listen to hear the latest in how there’s new hope for those living with HIV.  

In This “Undetectable = Untransmittable” Podcast

  • Is it possible to get to zero HIV infections and an HIV-free world?
  • What does U=U stand for?
  • What does Undectectable = Untransmittable mean?
  • How is U=U helping to reduce the stigma of HIV?
  • Are the inequalities that exist within the realm of infectious diseases exacerbated in communities of color? What does that mean for the prevention and treatment of HIV? 
  • How does structural discrimination play into an individual’s risk of getting HIV?
  • What does it mean if somebody's HIV viral load is undetectable?
  • Is it true that we can actually eliminate HIV altogether without a vaccine, just by making sure that the entire globe gets tested and treated for HIV?
  • What is PrEP and who should be taking it?
  • What is nPEP?

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