A lot of times we use the phrases viral suppression and undetectable interchangeably. So when your provider says yes, you’re virally suppressed on your antiretrovirals, that’s what that means.
It doesn’t mean that it’s a cure, it doesn’t mean that it’s out of your body. It’s still there. But undetectable means that it’s so low that they won’t be able to see it in the labs.
There’s effectively no risk of you transmitting HIV to your sexual partners.
The key when you’re living with HIV is that undetectability is just not one moment in time but it’s something that needs to be sustained.
Dr. David Malebranche, MD, MPH, a clinician-researcher specializing in HIV, gives the lowdown on all things HIV care and treatment in the latest installment of the #AskTheHIVDoc video series.