Undetectable… do I still have HIV?

You found out that you’re undetectable – nice! But wait, what does that mean? Dr. Demetre breaks down what’s going on inside of the body when a person living with HIV is “undetectable”.

When you’re undetectable it means the amount of virus in the blood (viral load) is so low that standard lab tests cannot detect it. The vast majority of individuals with HIV who take their Antiretroviral medications (ARVs) as prescribed and remain in care are able to achieve an undetectable viral load.

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#AskTheHIVDoc is a video series from Greater Than AIDS featuring top HIV doctors providing answers to commonly-asked questions about HIV prevention, testing and treatment.

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