Undectable = No Antibodies?
Dec 21, 2003
I've always been undetectable on viral load tests. Does having an undectable level of HIV in the blood mean that antibodies will take longer than normal to be created? In other words, is antibody creation a function of the level of the virus in the blood?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
An undetectable viral load in the blood does NOT mean no virus. It means the level of virus is sufficiently low such that the assay cannot measure it. HIV antibodies are still mad and the antibody tests will still be positive.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.