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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.



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