Science has demonstrated a clear link between viral load and HIV transmission risk. In 2008 Swiss
scientists published the so-called Swiss Statement. According to that statement a person with HIV cannot
transmit the virus to others if their viral load is consistently below the detection limit, thanks to
successful therapy. Since then, more detailed and multi-center studies have been carried out. They also
clearly demonstrate that HIV is not sexually transmissible when the viral load of a person with HIV is
below the then detection limit.
Thus, the consequence of HIV infection has changed from the fatal AIDS disease to a chronic manageable
infection. Like many other infections, it can be effectively treated. Thus, those affected can lead a
normal life. With HIV one can form relationships, have healthy babies, run a marathon, have dizzying
careers, grow old and retire - almost as if they one did not have HIV. However, the general population
is unaware that people cannot become infected through sex with a person with HIV who is successfully on
While science has made great strides, discrimination against people with HIV has remained. Fear and
prejudice against people living with HIV are deeply rooted in people, without good reason. However, some
people with HIV also stigmatize themselves. Many cannot live with their HIV infection because of public
In everyday life in Switzerland, stigma and discrimination
exist at all levels. People with HIV are thus confronted in private, at work and, unfortunately, again
and again in medical facilities. We see a huge lack of knowledge among the population and a lack of
education about how HIV is and isn’t transmitted.
This year, Switzerland is hosting the European AIDS Conference - EACS 2019. The conference will take
place from 6 to 9 November 2019 in Basel. More than 3,000 participants from all over the world are
expected. We as a community want to seize the opportunity of the European Conference and carry out a
broad public campaign on HIV/AIDS in Basel - with implications for the whole of Switzerland and Europe.
HIV destigmatization through awareness
07.11.2019 at 22:30
«Think Positive» party
Together with the Bar Rouge, we present the "Think Positive" party over the rooftops of Basel. Everyone is
invited, regardless of their cultural background or sexual orientation, their age or gender. At this party,
activists and human rights activists working for the rights of HIV-positive people and transgender people,
doctors, researchers, sex workers, gays, heterosexuals, Bi, Baselers, guests from home and abroad, etc.,
meet with one message:
We celebrate life!
"No matter what your diagnosis, it's important to live life to the fullest."
Together we stand opposing stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV. The motto is #NOSTIGMA.
It is not only for people with HIV, but all those who feel affected or in solidarity, such as LGBTI+, sex
If you are an activist in particular, we need to see you at the demo.
Show your solidarity.
Support the anti-HIV stigma demo and let's say NO STIGMA together!
Parterre One and Odette Hella Grand are organizing the next annual drag queen contest - "Drag
Roy-lälle-ty". This time they support NO STIGMA. Invited guests perform comedic sketches and contest
participants can answer questions about HIV.
Let's laugh together to beat HIV stigma and experience a bit of "NO STIGMA world".
Everyone is invited.
Bring friends and together make a mark against discrimination!
They are young, wild and sexy. This night belongs to Generation Z - our newest night owls and party padawans. The Heaven opens its doors for those who are over 16 and want to spend a night together in the party sky.
The Heaven Club is proud to support the NO HIV STIGMA Initiative during the European AIDS Conference in Switzerland.
No matter what your diagnosis is, it's important to live life to the fullest.
The MILK party is open, tolerant and welcomes all bodies & genders.