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Courtney Act Talks About Stigmatizing HIV in the New Campaign



Courtney Act has a big year. The former top-3 contestant of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6 won in February Celebrity Big Brother UK and has recently joined the New Zealand AIDS Foundation to enlighten the masses means really to live with HIV.

The star opened a personal statement on HIV in a press release from the organization. "An ex-boyfriend of mine lives with HIV," she said. "It has an undetectable viral load, so I know first hand how it affects people in a serodiscordant couple – there's one partner HIV-negative and one of them is HIV-positive."

Act said that, because her ex-lover has an undetectable viral load (or UVL for short), he does not have to worry about transmitting the disease. "Scientific evidence shows that he could not pass HIV on to me, even without condoms," she said.

The Celebrity Big Brother winner is part of the organization's recent effort to inform the public about lesser known facts about HIV. Their latest video features explain what an undetectable viral load is, as scientific studies have shown, that HIV can not be transmitted with a UVL and why using a condom is still a good way.

"We live in a fearful world where HIV stigma can prevail," Act said. "For people who live with HIV, the knowledge that is undeniably untranslatable is huge news, not just to prevent transmission, but also to break the stigma many people are still experiencing."

Watch Act's full video on UVLs:


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