The concept of U=U is the foundation of being able to end the epidemic.”

Dr. Fauci, NIAID, July, 2019
#CelebrateUU is born!

#CelebrateUU builds on the concept of U=U, calling on individuals living with HIV/AIDS to start recognizing and celebrating our anniversaries of having an undetectable viral load. In doing so, we build a digital patchwork of survivors and a time capsule of hope for when we end the HIV epidemic. We are also educating people on the science behind U=U.

Take a #CelebrateUU Selfie!

This is a “self fulfillment” movement. At its most basic level, #CelebrateUU asks people living with HIV/AIDS 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/AIDS, please join us in ending the stigma of HIV/AIDS 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: Answer the question “What would it mean to me to end the HIV epidemic?
  • 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/AIDS, 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/AID 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.