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Channel 4 announcer to provide info on progress in HIV treatment after tonight’s episode of It’s A Sin

It’s A Sin viewers will be given information on the progress made in HIV treatment since the epidemic of the 1980s after tonight’s show.

The second episode of Russell T Davies’ new drama is set to air tonight after last week’s premiere received widespread acclaim.

However, there was some criticism that no information was offered to viewers on how far we have come in terms of treating HIV and preventing its spread in the decades since the show was set.

Now, Channel 4’s announcer will reference the progress made following tonight’s episode, as well offering information and support on All4, where the full series is available to watch.

Channel 4’s inclusion and diversity team 4Inclusion confirmed the news, tweeting: ‘Our continuity announcers will direct our audience to the sexual health support section of our website. As we are impartial we are not working with one organisation so we have details of all the major ones in the UK. This will happen during the credits on Friday.’

The Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity, celebrated the move, and tweeted: ‘Progress! Following tonight’s #ItsASin, @Channel4’s announcer will reference the progress in HIV treatment since the series, as well as info on @All4 and in social media posts.

 

‘Thank you to Channel 4 for listening and taking action. It really matters.’

It’s A Sin centres on a group of young gay men – and their friend Jill – living and loving in London in the 1980s.

While it’s all fun, sex and partying at the beginning of the series, we watch as an unknown virus starts to claim the lives of gay men in the capital, and threatens to rob the group of their friends and lives.

At the time, Aids was a death sentence, but in the years since, there have been huge strides made in treatment and prevention.

When taken correctly, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is effective at preventing HIV for anyone who is at an ongoing risk of HIV, by blocking the virus from replicating within cells.

In addition to PrEP, medication is available to HIV positive people which also stops the virus making copies of itself. This reduces the viral load – that is, the levels of HIV in the body – to being undetectable in a standard blood test.

Undetectable means untransmittable (U=U) – basically, effective HIV treatment resulting in an undetectable viral load means that the risk of passing HIV through sex is zero. And most importantly, this medication can also help HIV positive people live long and healthy lives.

It’s A Sin stars Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander as the confident actor Ritchie, Lydia West as his kind best friend Jill, Nathaniel Curtis as the dashing Ash, Omari Douglas as the flamboyant Roscoe, and newcomer Callum Scott Howells as the naive Colin.

It’s A Sin continues tonight at 9pm on Channel 4. 

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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