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
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
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- What Is The Difference Between Herpes And Shingles?
- What Is The Difference Between Genital Herpes And Cold Sores?
- What Is The Best Over The Counter Medicine For Chlamydia?
- What Damage Can Chlamydia Do To Your Body?
- Viral Infection Throat And Shingles
- Testing Positive For Herpes With No Symptoms
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.