#CelebrateUU builds on the concept of U=U, calling on individuals living with HIV to start recognizing and celebrating our anniversaries of having an undetectable viral load. With this movement, we are putting a face and story to HIV and educating people about the science behind U=U. This is one powerful way to help end the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
Take a #CelebrateUU Selfie!
This is a “self fulfillment” movement. At its most basic level, #CelebrateUU asks people living with HIV to post a #CelebrateUU selfie to your social media feeds. Do this on the anniversary of your first reaching undetectable status, and celebrate this health milestone every year.
If you or someone you know is living with HIV, please join us in ending the stigma of HIV by reclaiming our diagnosis, celebrating our healthy milestones of becoming and maintaining a status of “undetectable and untransmittable.”
- SIGN: Use a sign like the one above (click here for templates to use)
- SELFIE: Take a selfie
- HASHTAGS: Include the hashtags #CelebrateUU #UU6 #UequalsU (replacing the 6 with how many years you’ve been undetectable!)
- STORY: Share something simple like: “This month I celebrate 6 years undetectable, which means I cannot sexually transmit HIV to others!” Answer the question “What does U=U mean for YOU?“
- SHARE: Share to your social media and tag us @CelebrateUU on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Why this, why now?
In starting this movement as individuals living with HIV, we reclaim our dignity by reclaiming our diagnosis. We learn from cancer survivors and people in long-term recovery from addiction, that anniversaries matter! They matter to the individual’s own survival and joyful living, reminding them each year to appreciate their health. They matter to the newly diagnosed, giving them hope of reaching this important milestone in their ongoing treatment. They matter to our communities, breaking down the silence, stigma and shame associated with the HIV epidemic. They matter to the world, as we work towards ending this epidemic.
How to get more involved in Indianapolis?
During 2020-21, I’ll be seeding this movement with some local stories in the greater Indianapolis area. Learn more about this timeline in my blog post “Seeding a Movement”. If you’d like to sign up, select Participate from the site menu or click here.