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What is viral load undetectable?
Nov 4, 2013

Sorry, if I ask a stupid question. I've read about viral load becoming undetectable after starting medication. Does that mean that if I go for a HIV test (for example pre-employment) my status will be deem negative? I don't want to lie to my new employ, but I'm worried that I may need to do a hiv test and get stigmatized. Thank you Dr Young for your time.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello,

An undetectable viral load means that there is no virus detectable in your blood. This test (also called a HIV RNA PCR) is usually not the test used to tell if you have HIV infection. Rather, so-called HIV tests (ELISA or Western blot) detect your immune systems reaction to HIV (namely antibodies).

HIV antibody tests remain positive, whether one has detectable virus or not.

Hope that helps. BY



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