BOLD SOLUTION: Mariah’s efforts led Minnesota to become the third state to endorse the Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U) campaign. U=U conveys the knowledge that people living with HIV on effective treatment cannot pass HIV to their sex partners. It took a lot of time and discussions, but after almost a year of dedicated work, Minnesota signed on. The state’s endorsement of U=U and subsequent education, which included a transit campaign with over 5 million views, has been life-changing for people living with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota. Since that time, Minnesota has been praised as a leader in U=U implementation.
I just felt compelled to do everything in my power to ensure that we do a better job of responding to trauma, substance use, HIV, sex work, abuse, and other social issues. No one is disposable, and I did not want one more person to fall through the cracks in our society.