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Undetectable
Apr 17, 2000

How can one be undetectable and still know they have the HIV virus? I am having a hard time understanding this concept.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

When refer to "undetectable" in this forum, it is usually regarding the viral load test. That test measures HIV RNA in the blood plasma. In almost all HIV infected people, the viral load is detectable in the absence of treatment. It becomes undetectable with treatment. People will still have a positive antibody test and will have a positive DNA PCR test (measures HIV in blood cells). MH



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