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viral load vs infectiousness
Jun 29, 1999

Dear Dr. My boyfriend is hiv+ and says that after 1 month of treatment his viral load is undetectable. He also said that this means that he isn't nearly as infectious. Does a low viral load lessen the chances of transmission?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Possibly. BUT, remember, HIV exists inside cells within blood and semen. Just because a plasma viral load is "undetectable", DOES NOT mean that those fluids are not infectious. Be safe. MH



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