Lake County Endorses "Undetectable Equals Untransmittable” (U=U) Consensus Statement

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For Immediate Release
Date: August 29, 2018
Contact: Hannah Goering
(847) 377-8099

Lake County Endorses "Undetectable Equals Untransmittable” (U=U) Consensus Statement

Waukegan, Ill. — This month, the Lake County Board approved a resolution endorsing the "Undetectable Equals Untransmittable" (U=U) Consensus Statement issued by the Prevention Access Campaign. This international health equity initiative aims to end the dual epidemics of HIV and HIV-related stigma, and this resolution affirms Lake County’s commitment to dismantle HIV stigma and barriers to diagnosis and treatment for people living with HIV.

“Scientific evidence shows that people living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART) with an undetectable viral load in their blood do not transmit HIV to their sexual partners,” stated Mark Pfister, Executive Director of the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center. “By amplifying the U=U message, we can make new HIV infections a thing of the past.”

Reducing HIV stigma encourages those living with HIV to initiate and adhere to a successful treatment regimen, closely monitor their viral load, and stay in regular medical care. For those people who are not infected with HIV, the HIV prevention pill, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), reduces the risk of becoming infected with HIV by more than 90 percent.

The Health Department is part of the Illinois Getting to Zero initiative, which aims to see zero new HIV infections in Illinois and zero people living with HIV who are not on treatment by 2030.

Ann Maine, Lake County Board Member (Dist. 21) and Lake County Board of Health member, said, “The Lake County Board is committed to building healthy and resilient communities and that includes changing the narrative about people with HIV and HIV prevention, as well as around mental health and addiction. By bringing attention to these issues and raising awareness, we will make a difference.”

To prevent new HIV infections in Lake County, the Health Department’s Need2Know Lake County program assists clients with:

  • HIV testing;
  • Medical benefits navigation;
  • ART and PrEP medication;
  • Adherence counseling; and
  • Linkage to other health services such as HIV and general medical care, behavioral health services, and mental health counseling.

Residents seeking more information about HIV testing, treatment, and prevention may reach Need2Know Lake County by calling (847) 377-8450.


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