AIDS in Amsterdam

HIV activists take over the streets of Amsterdam with rallying cry ‘U=U’

The most thrilling moments at the biannual international AIDS conference often take place outside the conference hall and out in the streets.

This year is no exception. In Amsterdam, activists streamed through the streets to loudly — and colorfully — advocate for an array of issues that in large part came from communities of people living with HIV themselves.

“U=U,” a new and rousing rallying cry for people with HIV that delivers the message that people who are on treatment and undetectable are not capable of transmitting the virus to their sexual partners, was front and center throughout much of the march as it wound its way through the narrow streets and canals of Amsterdam.

Contingents of gay men, women, sex workers, and regional groups from around the globe all appeared united in teaching the world the new science of what it means to be undetectable and their passion for the message suggested they are ready to settle the matter once and for all. Science has proven the message, with governmental agencies and health officials signing on, but social stigma against people living with HIV and a fear of infection have made it difficult for the message to break through.

These activists are more than capable of speaking for themselves, and in Mark S. King’s new video report from AIDS2018, they do just that.

Coming soon: A sexy trio of interviews that includes an Amsterdam sex club tour, a gay sex worker speaking out about his PrEP advocacy, and a young gay man into fetish play shares how his sexual creativity is his best prevention technique.

Oh, and a surprise interview with a superstar.