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Undetectable viral load
Jul 16, 2008

Someone told me that if a person is undetectable, they can pass an HIV test. I don't believe that is true but would like an answer so I can set them straight. By the way, they are currently doing their residency at a hospital.

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Residency in what? I sure wouldn't want that person as my doctor.

An undetectable HIV viral load does not affect the status of the HIV antibody test. You can't "pass" a HIV test with a negative viral load.

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